Indian Trail was incorporated in 1907 and recently celebrated its 100th birthday. The town works hard to recognize its history and come together as a community. Annual celebrations include a 4th of July parade, a Christmas parade, Family Fun Day, and Arbor Day as well as a weekly Farmer’s Market over the summer.
Early settlement can be traced to the 1750s and a path the Waxhaw Indians used, hence the name “Indian Trail”. The economy evolved from a trading community and gold mining to agriculture and transportation in the 1870s with the presence of the railroad. Since the 1950s and 1960s, however, a national suburban trend emerged – one that continues today and has a tremendous impact on Indian Trail.
Indian Trail’s close proximity to a metropolitan area has accelerated its growth as many of our residents work in Charlotte. The town has also benefitted from a number of distributors located here as well as several new commercial developments.
Since 1990, the town has experienced a tremendous amount of growth. The town has seen its residential population go from 1,942 in 1990 to 11,905 in 2000 to 27,161 in 2005.
As a result of all this growth, the town has concentrated planning efforts to keep pace. The town adopted a long range land use plan, a new ordinance, and a pedestrian plan in recent years. We are also working on a master park plan and bicycle plan. These projects are put to the test on a daily basis but provide the framework to allow Indian Trail to grow wisely.