Hazleton, Indiana

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Hazleton is a town in White River Township, Gibson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 288 at the 2000 census.

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History

Hazleton is the second oldest town in Gibson county after Princeton. It was named in honor of Gervas Hazleton, the second settler in the county to permanently locate, after John Severns. Gervas Hazleton first lived in a "camp," the back of which was an immense walnut log and sides of poles covered with bark, the front open to admit the heat and light of large log fires. Gervas Hazleton eventually operated a ferry on the White River. His remains are buried in the IOOF Hazleton cemetery.

The town of Hazleton was surveyed and platted by Lucius French in 1806. T. S. Fuller erected the first frame building in Hazleton. In about John Breedlove built a blacksmith shop. Being located on the south bank of White River, the town became a port in the days of flat and keel-boats.

The highway of travel was via the Patoka, Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi rivers and five or six weeks were required to make the round trip. A complement of five men was the usual number required with each boat. The first steamboat of any note to pass up White river was the "Cleopatria".

Hazleton Railroad Wreck of 1897

One of the worst wrecks in the history of southern Indiana occurred on the Evansville & Terre Haute road, now the Chicago & Eastern Illinois, at three o'clock, Wednesday morning, March 10, 1897. Fast train No. 5 southbound, was wrecked at the high embankment forming the southern approach to the White River bridge about two miles (3 km) north of the town of Hazelton.

Geography

Hazleton is located at 38°29′20″N 87°32′30″W / 38.48889°N 87.54167°W / 38.48889; -87.54167 (38.488953, -87.541652)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land. Hazleton is 422 feet (129 m) above sea level.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 288 people, 108 households, and 84 families residing in the town. The population density was 841.0 people per square mile (327.1/km²). There were 119 housing units at an average density of 347.5/sq mi (135.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.22% White, and 2.78% from two or more races.

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