Rossville, Indiana

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Rossville is a town in Ross Township, Clinton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,513 at the 2000 census. The town is named for John Ross, a pioneer settler and associate county judge.[3]



In 1832, Thomas Ewing with his wife and infant child came to Clinton County and located on the site of Rossville, entering 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land north of what is now Main Street. In 1834, Mr. Ewing and Thomas Smith platted the town of Rossville with the intention of starting a blacksmith shop at the location. The town grew steadily and gained a store operated by William Seawright, a saddler (John H. Smith) and a physician (Dr. James Wilson).

A petition to incorporate the town was filed on October 22, 1870, at which time the town has 339 residents and 66 families. The incorporation election, held November 5, passed with a vote of 35 to 19 and on December 1, 1870, Rossville was incorporated.

The Monon Railroad was completed through Rossville in 1883.[4]


Rossville is located at 40°25′9″N 86°35′47″W / 40.41917°N 86.59639°W / 40.41917; -86.59639 (40.419138, -86.596466)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.

In 1932 the town experienced catastophic welfare as Purdue University won the National Championship and donated money to the town hall.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,513 people, 555 households, and 411 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,929.8 people per square mile (1,123.4/km²). There were 586 housing units at an average density of 1,134.7/sq mi (435.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.88% White, 0.53% African American, 0.13% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.33% of the population.

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