Ferdinand, Indiana

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Ferdinand is a town in Ferdinand Township, Dubois County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,277 at the 2000 census. It was founded in 1840 by Joseph Kundek and named after Ferdinand I of Austria.

Ferdinand is part of the Jasper Micropolitan Statistical Area.



The town of Ferdinand was settled by mostly German speaking people from central Europe. At one time Ferdinand was known as the wooden shoe village.

At the end of the 19th century Ferdinand contained many businesses including a machine works, a brick works, brewery, several taverns, and a dairy.

In 1867 the Monastery of Immaculate Conception was founded in Ferdinand.

In 1906 the Ferdinand News was established as the local newspaper.

Just prior to WWII the Civilian Conservation Corp created the Ferdinand State Forest.


Ferdinand is located at 38°13′31″N 86°51′40″W / 38.22528°N 86.86111°W / 38.22528; -86.86111 (38.225392, -86.860996)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,277 people, 808 households, and 569 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,017.3 people per square mile (392.5/km²). There were 845 housing units at an average density of 377.5/sq mi (145.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.03% White, 0.04% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

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