Boswell, Indiana

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Boswell is a town in Grant Township, Benton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 794 at the 2006 census. It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The town of Boswell was first laid out by a man named Charles Moore, but Moore sold the land it occupied to Tippecanoe County-native Elizabeth H. Scott who, with her husband Charles, replatted it in its present form on July 18, 1872. A small general store run from a "rough board shanty" just north of the railroad was the town's first business, but this was joined by many more as the town grew.[4] The town was named for Parnaham Boswell and was platted with streets bearing the names of the founders, Charles and Elizabeth, and their five children, Grace, Emma, Clinton, Harold and Jennie.[5]


Boswell is located at 40°31′6″N 87°22′53″W / 40.51833°N 87.38139°W / 40.51833; -87.38139 (40.518442, -87.381412)[6] in Grant Township. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land. U.S. Route 41 passes along the east side of Boswell; State Road 352 and the Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad both run east through town. Goose Creek flows along Boswell's south side and joins Mud Pine Creek about two miles to the southeast.[1]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 827 people, 329 households, and 224 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,743.3 people per square mile (679.4/km²). There were 361 housing units at an average density of 761.0/sq mi (296.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.14% White, 0.24% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 4.84% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.79% of the population.

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