Kingsbury, Indiana

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Kingsbury is a town in Washington Township, LaPorte County, Indiana, just northwest of the intersection of U.S. Route 35 and U.S. Route 6. The town was founded in 1835 and in the 1940s the Kingsbury Munitions plant was built for use during World War II where in one time it was targeted as one of the top 10 places the German Nazis wanted to attack mainly because all of the bombs being built there, the plant closed after the Korean War. The population was 229 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Michigan City, Indiana-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kingsbury at one point was a successful economic town, today the town is small and quiet consisting of a post office, a liquor store, a small furniture store, an Elevator, and Dillards Whole Sale Carpet. The town has its own fire department, KVFD (Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department), and its own church and cemetery, built in the 1830s. Kingsbury is also known for its underground fighting once popular on[citation needed] and for little league baseball at the Kingsbury Park, built on the site of the former Kingsbury High School. Author Austin Candler is from the town of Kingsbury. Famous for writing the book "Child Slave", in which he tells of the hardships he went through in the small town and of his mother who used him as a slave until he managed to escape.[citation needed] Also notable from Kingsbury is Mixed Martial Arts fighter Dustin Pape who lived and grew up in the small town during his teenage years.[citation needed]


Kingsbury is located at 41°31′36″N 86°42′2″W / 41.52667°N 86.70056°W / 41.52667; -86.70056.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it is land, besides the Kingsbury Creek that runs through it.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 229 people, 90 households, and 68 families residing in the town. The population density was 391.8 people per square mile (152.4/km²). There were 94 housing units at an average density of 160.8/sq mi (62.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.56% White and 0.44% Native American.

There were 90 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 16.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.81.

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