Waveland, Indiana

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Waveland is a town in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana, United States. The population was 416 at the 2000 census.



Waveland was platted by John Milligan in 1835.[3] The settlement began as a resting place at a good spring between Terre Haute and Lafayette, Indiana. After a trading post and post office were established, Milligan developed the surrounding property. By 1850, the town had three general stores, three churches, two inns, two wagon shops and a blacksmith. Waveland was the boyhood home of American Impressionist T. C. Steele. His parents, Samuel and Harriett, moved to the thriving settlement when Steele was five years old, around 1852. Steele's father rented a saddle shop from John Milligan. Young Steele was enrolled in the outstanding Waveland Academy. The Presbyterian Church had recognized the need for higher learning in this community and provided a new brick building for the education of children. Steele family records show that, until 1870, they owned the cottage at 110 Cross Street in Waveland, built on one of Milligan's lots. [4]


Waveland is located at 39°52′42″N 87°2′35″W / 39.87833°N 87.04306°W / 39.87833; -87.04306 (39.878330, -87.042937)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 416 people, 168 households, and 115 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,151.6 people per square mile (446.2/km²). There were 194 housing units at an average density of 537.0/sq mi (208.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.36% White, 2.16% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.44% of the population.

There were 168 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

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