Sweetser, Indiana

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Sweetser is a town in Franklin, Pleasant and Richland townships, Grant County, Indiana, United States. The population was 857 at the 2006 census.

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Geography

Sweetser is located at 40°34′11″N 85°46′1″W / 40.56972°N 85.76694°W / 40.56972; -85.76694 (40.569731, -85.766972)[3] on State Road 18 between the town of Converse and the city of Marion. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²) of it is land and 1.02% is water. Although most of the town is either houses or cornfields, there are many other features to this small, quiet town.

Running through the edge of Sweetser is a small body of water, or creek, known as Pipe Creek. Pipe Creek is one of the sites that can be seen from the Sweetser Switch Trail. Known as one of Sweetser’s main attractions, the trail is a walking trail that stretches throughout the whole town and is expanded three miles outside of the town’s outer limits. Although this trail is intended for walking, there are signs posted that allow bicyclists, cross country skiers, runners, wheel chairs and various other ways of exercise permitted on the trail. A new addition to the trail is a statue of one of Grant County’s celebrities, Garfield. Sweetser is home to the artist, Eric Reaves, who assists creator Jim Davis on the comic strip. The trail is lit at night for safety for its’ travelers by solar panels.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 906 people, 357 households, and 269 families residing in the town. The population density was 929.2 people per square mile (356.9/km²). There were 371 housing units at an average density of 380.5/sq mi (146.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.68% White, 0.44% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.10% of the population.

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