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
Elevation558 ft (170 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
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.


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]


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.


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


  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.