New Amsterdam, Indiana

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New Amsterdam is a town located in Washington Township, Harrison County, Indiana, USA,along the Ohio River. At the 2000 census, one person lived there.

This hamlet hosts a festival each spring, in April, called Remembrance Days, at Shaffer's General Store.



New Amsterdam is located at 38°6′6″N 86°16′29″W / 38.10167°N 86.27472°W / 38.10167; -86.27472 (38.101894, -86.274821).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²), of which 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) is land and 12.50% is water.


2000 1
1990 30
1980 31
1970 32
1960 43
1950 76
1940 86
1930 101
1920 137
1910 134
1900 200 [4]

At the 2000 census,[1] one person lived due to a typographical error. The actual population at that time was 31.[citation needed] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town is one of only 5 places in the United States to have a population of one. The others are Hibberts Gore, Maine; Erving's Location, New Hampshire; Monowi, Nebraska; and Lost Springs, Wyoming.


The first settlers in what became New Amsterdam were James Riley and Jacob Youstler. They lived in New Amsterdam for several years starting in 1815 before relocating farther north.[5]

The town was formally platted and founded by the Funk brothers.

The town depended much on the river for its early growth. It was the largest town in Harrison County in the 1860 census. Flood played a large part in the decline of the town. The Great Flood of 1937 destroyed 75% of all the structures in the town. The only original building remaining in the town is the old country store. There is a marker on the second story of the building showing the height of the water in the 1937 Flood.

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