Kirklin, Indiana

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Kirklin is a town in Kirklin Township, Clinton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 766 at the 2000 census. The town was named for Nathan Kirk, a local pioneer settler.[3]



Nathan Kirk, the first white settler in eastern Clinton County, laid out the town of Kirklin in the early 1830s, the original plat consisting a row of seven blocks on either side of the Michigan Road (Main Street). An addition filed on October 24, 1836 added blocks to the east, west and south sides of the original plat. Edward Miller established the first general store in a log building and William Wynkoop built the first hotel; other early businesses included Hiram Dougherty's cabinet shop, James Hollcraft's bar, John Heffner's blacksmith shop, Columbus Kemp's tannery and M. Z. Saylor (physician).

A total of 224 residents signed a petition to incorporate Kirklin, and an election held April 1, 1876 unanimously approved incorporation. On June 8, 1876 the county commissioners declared the town of Kirklin incorporated.

In the early 20th century, Kirklin held horse shows and street fairs along its brick-paved Main Street.

Kirklin was also commonly known as Kirk's Cross Roads.[4]


Kirklin is located at 40°11′38″N 86°21′36″W / 40.19389°N 86.36°W / 40.19389; -86.36 (40.193940, -86.360092)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 766 people, 301 households, and 204 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,371.2 people per square mile (924.2/km²). There were 321 housing units at an average density of 993.7/sq mi (387.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.61% White, 0.39% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 2.35% from other races, and 0.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

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