West Lebanon, Indiana

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West Lebanon is a town in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, United States. The population was 793 at the 2000 census.

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History

West Lebanon was laid out and platted in the fall of 1830 by Ebenezer Purviance, John G. Jemison and Andrew Fleming, and consisted of 64 lots. Originally named Lebanon, the name was changed to West Lebanon in 1869 when the town was incorporated, possibly in deference to the Boone County community of the same name which established its post office on December 15, 1832, just eleven days before their own.[4]

Not being close to any waterways, West Lebanon's early growth was relatively slow and for many years had no more than 20 families. However, with the completion of the Wabash Railroad line one mile north of town in 1856, the community's fortunes improved and led to most of the town relocating closer to the station. The original settlement area became known as Old Town.

A Carnegie library was built at the corner of High Street and North Street in 1916 and continues to operate as the West Lebanon-Pike Township Public Library.

Geography

West Lebanon is located along State Road 28 about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) east of the Illinois border and about 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Williamsport; State Road 263 is concurrent with Main Street and intersects State Road 28 at the north edge of town. A line of the Norfolk Southern Railway also passes through the north edge of the town. Rock Creek, east of town, flows south toward the Wabash River and forms the township's eastern border; it is fed by the small Johnson Branch which crosses the north edge of town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.616 square miles (1.60 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 793 people, 307 households, and 232 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,287.1 people per square mile (493.8/km²). There were 336 housing units at an average density of 545.4/sq mi (209.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.99% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.13% Asian, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

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