Palmyra, Indiana

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Palmyra is a town in Morgan Township, Harrison County, Indiana, United States. The population was 633 at the 2000 census.



The Confederate Army led by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan camped in Palmyra on the night of July 9, 1863 after the Battle of Corydon. The army took ransoms from the businesses and commandeered all the towns horses for the Confederate cavalry. The army left the town on the morning of July 10, 1863 and riding north towards Salem.


Palmyra is located at 38°24′27″N 86°6′38″W / 38.4075°N 86.11056°W / 38.4075; -86.11056 (38.407458, -86.110636)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (6.06%) is water.


Palmrya has a three member Town Council and a Clerk Treasurer. The current members of the board are Alvin Brown, Paul Eveslage, and Virginia Kirkham. The Clerk-Treasurer is Amy Ortega. The President of the Town Board is Alvin Brown. He previously served as a Harrison County Councilman for 16 years.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 633 people, 238 households, and 169 families residing in the town. The population density was 682.5 people per square mile (262.8/km²). There were 253 housing units at an average density of 272.8/sq mi (105.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.42% White, 0.16% Asian, and 1.42% from two or more races.

There were 238 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

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