Civic Square is the heart of Carmel's  local governmental offices and departments, and serves as a centralized gathering area for the entire Carmel community. It is located just south of the Carmel City Center site. Carmel City Hall, the Carmel Police Station and the Steven A. Couts Carmel Clay Fire Headquarters are all located in Civic Square, along with the community gazebo located on the grounds of City Hall.
City Hall houses many city departments including the Mayor's Department, Department of Engineering, Department of Community Services, the Law Department as well as the Clerk-Treasurer's Office. The Carmel City Court is located on the second floor, with court sessions scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays of each week. The Council Chambers is also located on the second floor of City Hall. Carmel City Council, as well as many Carmel Boards and Commissions, hold meetings in the Chambers where city policy and ordinances are decided.
Originally named Bethlehem, this town was laid out April 13, 1837 by Seth Green. It was situated 4 miles south of Westfield on the road leading from Westfield to Indianapolis. The original town consisted of 14 lots. The first dry goods store was opened by a firm by the name of Boggs & Boggs, the store room being an old log cabin. They did not remain long and were succeeded by Elijah King. Other business men were: M. L. Long & A. Peacock, shoemakers; R. Craven & Isaac W. Stanton, harness makers; Harrold & Green, tile manufacturers; Blanchard & George, livery stable, and Calvin Bond, the first undertaker.
The first dentist was William Frost. The physicians were Drs. Carey and Campbell. The post office was established in 1844, and the first postmaster was Joseph Macy. The Methodist Episcopal Church was first organized in Carmel in 1848, the membership numbering about 12.
The first meeting of the Society of Friends' Church ever held in the county was a little north and west of Carmel, in 1830. A meeting house was erected about the year 1833. It was called Richland.
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