In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia, with a population of 800, “unchanged since it was founded 15 years ago.”
He continued: “One can see about five or six big frame buildings containing stores. The statehouse is a common brick building. A solitary bank, a wooden church, with a small tower, and two or three state offices complete the community of Vandalia.