Pine Village, Indiana

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Pine Village is a town in Adams Township, Warren County, Indiana, United States. The population was 255 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Pine Village is located at the intersection of State Road 55 and State Road 26, near Big Pine Creek.[4] It is about 20 miles (32 km) west of Lafayette and about 14 miles (23 km) east of the Illinois border.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.126 square miles (0.33 km2), all of it land.

History

The town was founded at the location of a trading post called Pine Village, which may have been named for a lone pine tree that stood on the bluff of Pine Creek, or it may have been named for the creek itself.[5] The town was laid out in 1851 by Isaac and John R. Metsker, and the plat map was made by county surveyor Perrin Kent. The Methodist Church was already there; it was built several years earlier.[6]

Rail service

Rail service reached the town in the 1870s. The year 1883 witnessed the completion of a north/south Chicago and Great Southern Railway (later the Chicago and Indiana Coal Railway) line between Attica and Fair Oaks, which subsequently came under the ownership of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad. The line came to be known as the "Coal Road" for the large quantities of coal transported along it. When the C&EI floundered in the early 1920s, Charles F. Propst purchased the Coal Road and in October 1922 incorporated it as the Chicago, Attica and Southern Railroad. The CA&S was placed in receivership on August 5, 1931, and incremental abandonment occurred over subsequent years.[7] The line through Pine Village was scrapped in the fall of 1945, and the rails where pulled up using a Belgian horse and a block and tackle.[8]

The area on the east side of Pine Village near the railroad, consisting of a grain elevator and some homes, was known as Oklahoma[8] and is located at 40°26′59″N 87°14′42″W / 40.44972°N 87.245°W / 40.44972; -87.245 (Oklahoma).

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