Fairfield Township, Franklin County, Indiana

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Fairfield Township
Township
Old Franklin United Brethren Church, a historic site in the township
Old Franklin United Brethren Church, a historic site in the township
Location of Fairfield Township in Franklin County
Location of Fairfield Township in Franklin County
Coordinates: 39°30′17″N 84°58′20″W / 39.50472°N 84.97222°W / 39.50472; -84.97222Coordinates: 39°30′17″N 84°58′20″W / 39.50472°N 84.97222°W / 39.50472; -84.97222
Country United States
State Indiana
County Franklin
Government
 • Type Indiana township
Area
 • Total 15.79 sq mi (40.9 km2)
 • Land 13.31 sq mi (34.5 km2)
 • Water 2.49 sq mi (6.4 km2)
Elevation[1] 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 537
 • Density 40.4/sq mi (15.6/km2)
FIPS code 18-22306[2]
GNIS feature ID 453285

Fairfield Township is one of thirteen townships in Franklin County, Indiana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 537.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 15.79 square miles (40.9 km2), of which 13.31 square miles (34.5 km2) (or 84.29%) is land and 2.49 square miles (6.4 km2) (or 15.77%) is water.[3]

History[edit]

Fairfield Township was established in 1821.[4] Fairfield is a descriptive name referring to the beauty of the countryside.[5]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

The original town was founded in 1815. It was incorporated as a town in 1876.[6] The village, on the East Fork of the Whitewater River, was known for its buggy-making operations in the late 1800s.

Notable natives included author James Maurice Thompson, who wrote "Alice of Old Vincennes." Women's suffrage pioneer Ida Husted Harper was born in Fairfield.

The town was inundated by a federal reservoir project in the late 1960s.

New Fairfield was founded in the early 1970s after construction began on a federal reservoir project in the valley of the East Fork of the Whitewater River.

The town exists on land once owned by Carl Huber and Herschel Klein.

It contains no commerce or government agencies.

(This list is based on USGS data and may include former settlements.)

Adjacent townships[edit]

Major highways[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  4. ^ Reifel, August Jacob (1915). History of Franklin County, Indiana. Windmill Publications. p. 156. 
  5. ^ Reifel, August Jacob (1915). History of Franklin County, Indiana. Windmill Publications. p. 160. 
  6. ^ Reifel, August Jacob (1915). History of Franklin County, Indiana. Windmill Publications. p. 161. 

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