Hamilton, Indiana

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Hamilton is a town located on the border of Steuben County, Indiana and DeKalb County, Indiana. In Steuben County, it is in Otsego Township, and in DeKalb County it is in Franklin Township. The population was 1,233 at the 2000 census.



In the late 1830s, the land that present-day Hamilton was built on was sold by the owner Niconar Munson to Dr. Samuel Tuttle, who was the first to plat the town. The original name of the town was "Enterprise". Dr. Tuttle went to New York shortly thereafter, where he met Fisher Howe, president of a syndicate of capitalists. Dr. Tuttle sold all but one-sixteenth of the plat to him for $15,000. In the spring of 1838, Howe sent Sidney Gambia, an agent, to Enterprise to sell goods and develop the settlement. However, Enterprise was heavily-ladened with illness that year, to such an extent that is became known for it. To improve the settlement's reputation, the name was changed to Hamilton. Eventually the town was sold to Sidney Gambia for $1 (and for other terms), and the name was officially recorded as the Town of Hamilton in 1844.


Hamilton is located at 41°32′5″N 84°54′59″W / 41.53472°N 84.91639°W / 41.53472; -84.91639 (41.534845, -84.916515)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.3 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²) of it (17.82%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,233 people, 517 households, and 348 families residing in the town. The population density was 744.5 people per square mile (286.8/km²). There were 680 housing units at an average density of 410.6/sq mi (158.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.62% White, 0.08% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.54% of the population.

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