Athens, Indiana

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Athens
Unincorporated community
Athens is located in Indiana
Athens
Athens
Coordinates: 41°03′13″N 86°07′31″W / 41.05361°N 86.12528°W / 41.05361; -86.12528Coordinates: 41°03′13″N 86°07′31″W / 41.05361°N 86.12528°W / 41.05361; -86.12528
Country United States
State Indiana
County Fulton
Township Henry
Elevation 807 ft (246 m)
ZIP code 46912 [1]
FIPS code 18-02530[2]
GNIS feature ID 430320[3]

Athens is an unincorporated community hamlet in Henry Township, Fulton County, Indiana, originally called Hoover Station. The town's name is pronounced with a long a and stress on the first syllable.[4] A post office established as Grant, on December 20, 1875, was moved to Hoover Station in 1883; Hoover Station was a waystation for the Chicago & Alton Railway, where Jacob Hoover was the postmaster[5] and kept a general store with his brother.[6] Jacob was the son of Henry and Sarah (Curtis)Hoover, the first white settlers of this area. The name was changed to Athens on May 28, 1896, for Athens, Greece.[7]

While the town is slowly being incorporated into Rochester, a tiny post office exists there for the few remaining residents who still have an Athens address.[1]

Geography[edit]

Athens is located at 41°03′13″N 86°07′31″W / 41.05361°N 86.12528°W / 41.05361; -86.12528, six miles east of Rochester along Indiana State Road 14.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/zcl_1_results.jsp USPS.com Retrieved 10-19-10
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Athens, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  4. ^ Pearce, T.M. "Place-Name Pronunciation Guides for Western States" California Folklore, Vol. 10 (Jan. 1951), p. 73
  5. ^ Rochester Sentinel February 17, 1883
  6. ^ Rochester Sentinel, December 23, 1882
  7. ^ Baker, Ronald L. From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier place names in folklore and history Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.