Tecumseh, Indiana

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Tecumseh, Indiana
Location of Tecumseh in Vigo County, Indiana.
Location of Tecumseh in Vigo County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 39°33′47″N 87°25′18″W / 39.56306°N 87.42167°W / 39.56306; -87.42167Coordinates: 39°33′47″N 87°25′18″W / 39.56306°N 87.42167°W / 39.56306; -87.42167
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyVigo
TownshipFayette
Elevation558 ft (170 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
47885
Area code(s)812, 930
GNIS feature ID444612

Tecumseh is an unincorporated census-designated place in eastern Fayette Township, Vigo County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[2] It is part of the Terre Haute metropolitan area.

History[edit]

Located on the Wabash River, the community was named for Tecumseh, the Native American leader of the Shawnee who fought General William Henry Harrison at Fort Harrison, only a mile south of the town.[3] Tecumseh was once known as Durkee's Ferry, and in 1890 it was merely a post-office with five or six houses.[4] Durkee's Ferry was once one of the main crossing points on the Wabash River.[5]

A post office was established at Tecumseh in 1882, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1907.[6]

Geography[edit]

Tecumseh is located at 39°33′47″N 87°25′18″W / 39.56306°N 87.42167°W / 39.56306; -87.42167 at an elevation of 561 feet.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  2. ^ "Tecumseh, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. Tecumseh was named for the famous Shawnee chief...
  4. ^ Bradsby, H.C. (1891). History of Vigo County, Indiana, with Biographical Selections. Chicago: S. B. Nelson & Co. p. 480.
  5. ^ Oakey, Charles Cochran (1908). Great Terre Haute and Vigo County. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co. p. 130.
  6. ^ "Vigo County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.