Earl Park, Indiana

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Earl Park is a town in Richland Township, Benton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 462 at the 2006 census. It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Earl Park was laid out July 31, 1872, by Adams D. Raub and named for his uncle, Adams Earl, one of the promoters of the Big Four railway from Lafayette to Kankakee. It consisted of 217 lots, the public sale of which on August 8 attracted some 2,000 people. Free lunch and free transportation on a special train of freight cars from Lafayette was provided. The town's first building was a grain elevator, the second the railway station. Elias Wees opened the first general store, providing residents with groceries and provisions.[4]

Earl Park's first school, a one-story frame building, was erected around 1874 and expanded to a second story around 1878. The town gained a Catholic church in 1880, and a Methodist one in 1881, each costing about $2,500 to build and furnish.[5] Earl Park every year has the Earl Park fest witch attracts thousands of people from all over the u.s. It has a carnival,tractor pull,flee market,demilition derby,and many other attractions!

Earl Park is home to the Benton County Wind Farm, the first large wind farm in Indiana, established in 2008.

Geography

Earl Park is located at 40°41′4″N 87°24′57″W / 40.68444°N 87.41583°W / 40.68444; -87.41583 (40.684428, -87.415872)[6] in Richland Township. U.S. Route 52 skirts around the northeast edge of town, and the Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad along the southwest. The Upper Sugar Creek flows to the town's north and west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 485 people, 168 households, and 111 families residing in the town. The population density was 514.5 people per square mile (199.2/km²). There were 177 housing units at an average density of 187.8/sq mi (72.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.97% White, 0.21% African American, 0.82% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

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