Eaton, Indiana

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Eaton is a town in Union Township, Delaware County, Indiana, along the Mississinewa River. The population was 1,603 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Muncie, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The first discovery of natural gas in Indiana occurred in the town of Eaton in 1876. A company was drilling for coal and, when they had reaching a depth of six hundred feet, there was a great noise and bad-smelling fumes began to come from the hole. After a partial investigation, many concluded that they had breached the ceiling of Hell, and the hole was quickly filled in. In 1884, when natural gas was discovered in nearby Ohio, the townsfolk recalled the incident and returned to the location. There they opened the state of Indiana's first natural gas well. The gas was so abundant and strong that, when the well was lit, the flames could be seen from Muncie.[3] The discovery set off the Indiana Gas Boom, leading to two decades of rapid regional growth.

Geography

Eaton is located at 40°20′23″N 85°21′13″W / 40.33972°N 85.35361°W / 40.33972; -85.35361 (40.339675, -85.353746)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,603 people, 619 households, and 459 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,432.0 people per square mile (552.6/km²). There were 661 housing units at an average density of 590.5/sq mi (227.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.75% White, 0.25% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 619 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 23.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.00.

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