Middlebury, Indiana

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Middlebury is a town in Middlebury Township, Elkhart County, Indiana, in the United States. It is located approximately 15 miles east of Elkhart, 35 miles east of South Bend, 130 miles east of Chicago, and 165 miles north of Indianapolis. Middlebury is a small farm and manufacturing town nestled in Northern Indiana's Amish Country. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 2,956.

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Geography

Middlebury is located at 41°40′26″N 85°42′34″W / 41.67389°N 85.70944°W / 41.67389; -85.70944 (41.673863, -85.709443)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), all of it land. It sits on the banks of the Little Elkhart River in the middle of a mix of rolling hills and rural farm land.

History

Before the Europeans came to the region, the Miami and later the Potawatomi ruled the area. That changed in 1832, when the first settlers came from Middlebury, Vermont. They chose this specific area because the rolling hills reminded them of Vermont.[4] Later, in 1841, the first Amish families came from Ohio and settled in the countryside surrounding the town. Middlebury Township was organized in 1834 and the town of Middlebury was finally incorporated in 1868.[4] In 1888, the railroad finally came to Middlebury and began to diversify the town's economy to include manufacturing as well as farming.[4]

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