The city was established in 1829 and is named for DeWitt Clinton, governor of New York from 1817 to 1823. Many of Clinton’s original settlers were immigrants working in coal mines, many from Italy. According to Vermillion County naturalization records, “…from 1856 to 1952… Vermillion County received almost 3,550 new citizens of foreign birth, the largest number coming during the first twelve years of [the 20th] century. Italians accounted for one-third, or 1,178, of the total number who filed Declarations, with Austrians the next largest group (675) and then Scots. At least 77 percent of the Italians were from the northern regions of Italy.” This was in contrast to the majority of Italian immigrants to America during this same time period that hailed from southern Italy. Over time, the coal mining industry in Clinton ended but many of the Italian settlers stayed at Clinton.
The Clinton post office has been in operation since 1823. Clinton Paving and Building Brick Company circa 1913. The Clinton Paving and Building Brick Company was established in 1893, at which time it was producing 40,000 bricks per day. The Clinton Downtown Historic District and Hill Crest Community Center are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Information taken from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton,_Indiana)
Here are some other resources on Clinton, Indiana.
City of Clinton, Indiana (Facebook Page) With the increased use of social media this has shown significant interest with our residents in hope to promote positive communication of events within Clinton. With emergency events such as service interruption or boil orders, office closings, city projects, and much more going on in the City of Clinton we feel that this would be a great place to promote the positive movements taking place! https://www.facebook.com/CityofClintonIndiana/
Clinton, Indiana (City Directory) “Welcome to Cities and Towns in the United States, a full and free source of information on cities and regions from all over the world. On this site, you’ll find a wealth of information about the city, the village or even the region which interests you: full contact details, information on the town hall and the mayor, maps, activity, weather, hotel, graphs and statistics on population, housing and accommodation, demographic and economic data, classified ads, travel, tourist guides and even more…” The highlighted link focuses on Clinton, Indiana in Vermillion County. https://www.citydirectory.us/city-clinton-indiana.html
Little Italy Festival: “Clinton’s Little Italy Festival has a long and storied history. We hope you will enjoy this trip back in time. In this section you will find many old photos from the earliest days of the festival. Part of every Little Italy Festival is the crowning of the Grape Princess and the Re & Regina. You will find a listing of all of the great people who have been selected for these titles in this section. Another big part of the Little Italy Festival has always been the Gondola. Here you will learn the history of the Gondola. Finally you will learn the how and why of the starting of the Little Italy Festival. Enjoy!” http://www.thelittleitalyfestival.org/