Prairie Creek, Indiana

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Prairie Creek, Indiana
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Vigo County's location in Indiana
Vigo County's location in Indiana
Prairie Creek is located in Vigo County, Indiana
Prairie Creek
Prairie Creek
Prairie Creek's location in Vigo County, Indiana
Coordinates: 39°16′30″N 87°29′50″W / 39.27500°N 87.49722°W / 39.27500; -87.49722Coordinates: 39°16′30″N 87°29′50″W / 39.27500°N 87.49722°W / 39.27500; -87.49722
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyVigo
TownshipPrairie Creek
Elevation528 ft (161 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47869
Area code(s)812, 930
GNIS feature ID447631

Prairie Creek (also Middletown) is an unincorporated community in southeastern Prairie Creek Township, Vigo County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[2] Its elevation is 528 feet (161 m), and it is located at 39°16′30″N 87°29′50″W / 39.27500°N 87.49722°W / 39.27500; -87.49722 (39.2750390, -87.4972443). Because the community has had multiple names, the Board on Geographic Names officially decided in favor of "Prairie Creek" in 1959.[3] Although Prairie Creek is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 47869.[4]

The community is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The town of Middletown was laid out August 24, 1831, by James D. Piety on the old Vincennes Road. Early businesses included Daniel Ryerson's hotel and drug store, Jonas P. Lykins's store, Z. J. Hunt's hotel, and Hiram Hight's steam mill in 1847. Jacob Ernest built the first brick house, in 1849.[5]

The post office at Prairie Creek has been in operation since 1822.[6]

Geography[edit]

Prairie Creek lies at the intersection of State Roads 63 and 246 southwest of the city of Terre Haute, the county seat of Vigo County.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "Prairie Creek, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report, Geographic Names Information System, 1982-10-01. Accessed 2008-06-01.
  4. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  5. ^ Bradsby, H.C. (1891). History of Vigo County, Indiana, with Biographical Selections. Chicago: S. B. Nelson & Co. pp. 476–479.
  6. ^ "Vigo County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  7. ^ DeLorme. Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer. 3rd ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 42. ISBN 0-89933-319-2.