Huntertown, Indiana

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Huntertown is a town in Allen County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,771 at the 2000 census and was estimated to be 2,369 in 2009. Huntertown is one of the fastest growing areas in northeastern Indiana.[3]

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History

Huntertown was originally called "The Opening" because it was a natural forest clearing. Huntertown was first settled about 1832, founded by William T. Hunter. The village was located along the Lima Plank Road connecting Lima (now Howe) and Fort Wayne. The Perry Centre Seminary was founded in Huntertown in 1856, only to close five years later when the entire faculty and adult students enlisted in the Union Army. The town was platted in 1869, but not incorporated until 1966.[4]

Some of the nation's oldest reliable weather observations are from a nineteenth century Huntertown farm. Rapin Andrews began keeping meteorological records on July 17, 1839, and continued until his death 10 years later. His family continued the observations until April 30, 1874. The diary of weather records was presented to the U.S. Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) in 1934. The record highest temperature was 102 °F (39 °C) in July 1846 and the record lowest temperature was −34 °F (−37 °C) on January 29, 1873.[5]


Huntertown today

Since much of Huntertown's growth has come from people moving from urbanized areas like Fort Wayne to new suburban subdivisions, the expectations for services have increased. For example, the town council expanded from three to five members to lessen the workload. The council now is working on creating a parks board and a new 27-acre (110,000 m2) park.

The town's weekly newspaper, Northwest News, began operations in the summer of 1997 in the former Huntertown State Bank, site of a 1930s robbery by the John Dillinger gang. [6]

Geography

Huntertown is located at 41°13′40″N 85°10′10″W / 41.22778°N 85.16944°W / 41.22778; -85.16944 (41.227798, -85.169371)[7] and sits along State Road 3/Lima Road just North of Fort Wayne. Carroll Road is the Southern boundary line between Huntertown and Fort Wayne.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land. Elevation: 837 feet (255 m).

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