Chalmers, Indiana
Chalmers
Population 508 (2010)
Land area 0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
Platted 1873
Incorporated 1892
Government Town council
Neighbors Reynolds (North)
Brookston (South)
Highways Indiana State Road 43

Welcome to the Community of Chalmers!

With a quarter square mile of land and a population of just over five hundred,
Chalmers is not exactly the largest city in the Midwest. Some claim that bigger is better and enjoy the large city life. Most of us in Chalmers, however, believe that a small town is the ideal place to live: a place where everyone is your neighbor.

Chalmers is our small, cheerful, and hospitable community.

You know you can call a place home when you are able to name each neighbor - first and last - as you stroll through the streets. We feel that Chalmers is that home.

We all contribute to each other like a large family. The government, parks, and just about everything else down to the electrical infrastructure are managed by none other than members of our community.

Because of our reliance on each other, this "large family" of Chalmers has grown to be a close one. We take an immense pride in our community and hope that you will enjoy visiting or living in Chalmers.

History of our town

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Chalmers tracks and station (c. 1900)
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Chalmers street view (1909)

The history of Chalmers dates back to the early 1850s. Land was donated by Gardner Mudge to the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway in 1854 after the company constructed a rail line through Big Creek in 1853. Mudge and his brother-in-law operated a general store. On April 21, 1854, a Post Office was established with Mudge serving as the postmaster.

Chalmers was platted on July 24, 1873; it included 103 lots on six streets. Several homes and stores were erected, and a school was constructed in the early 1870s. The first church was organized in 1878, and a tile factory was erected in the same year. The Bank of Chalmers was established by Jacob Raub in the early 1890s with a capital of $10,000. Chalmers became an incorporated town in 1892. "The Ledger" served as the first community newspaper, published initially in 1893. In 1895, a train station which later became a symbol of the town's history was constructed.

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Chalmers historic railway (2012)

The village was originally known to many as "Mudge's Station," after Gardner Mudge. However, the depot was demolished in 1976. The name "Chalmers" was listed on railroad timetables of New Albany and Salem as early as 1856. By 1912, Chalmers had approximately 600 residents. It consisted of two grain elevators, a factory, fifteen stores, two banks, two livery barns, three blacksmith shops, a lumber yard, two hotels, two garages, and dozens of homes.

The railroad which passes through Chalmers is still in use today and is operated by CSX Transportation as a result of the Monon Railroad (the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway) merging into the Lousville and Nashville Railroad in 1971.

Government & management

Chalmers has a community-style government and is managed by a small town council. The board consists of a president and a few additional council members. These elected officials serve four-year terms.

The Chalmers Town Hall is located at 205 E Walnut Street. You can reach the Town Clerk at (219) 984-5494 or by email.

Position Incumbent
President of Council Marc King
Council Member Patrick Pool
Council Member Doug Barnard
Council Member Clark Gick
Head of Parks David Kurth
Town Clerk Debra Clawson

The Chalmers Town Hall is located in a joint building which also operates as a firehouse for the Chalmers Volunteer Fire Department. The building is located on Walnut Street next to the community basketball court and the Chalmers Community Church. The facility is used for council and board meetings and contains town office spaces as well.

Chalmers Town Council meetings are open to the public on a monthly basis. They occur on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Chalmers Town Hall meeting room. Residents are welcome to join and observe these meetings. In addition, each meeting is initiated with a comment session for residents to state questions or concerns for the council members, the clerk, or others present to address.