Foraker, Indiana

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Foraker
Unincorporated community
Foraker is located in Indiana
Foraker
Foraker
Coordinates: 41°30′57″N 85°55′27″W / 41.51583°N 85.92417°W / 41.51583; -85.92417Coordinates: 41°30′57″N 85°55′27″W / 41.51583°N 85.92417°W / 41.51583; -85.92417
Country United States
State Indiana
County Elkhart
Township Union
Elevation 860 ft (260 m)
ZIP code 46526
FIPS code 18-23872[1]
GNIS feature ID 434635[2]

Foraker is an unincorporated community in Union Township, Elkhart County, Indiana.

Geography[edit]

The north-central Indiana community of Foraker is located at 41°30′57″N 85°55′27″W / 41.51583°N 85.92417°W / 41.51583; -85.92417. The town spreads south and west from the corner of CR 142 and CR 13.

The original town of Foraker, named after Senator Joseph B. Foraker of Harding County, Ohio, was located on the land of Samuel Yoder, one mile east and ½ mile south of the present Foraker. The Chicago and Canada Southern Railway bought land from Samuel Yoder & Jonas Kauffman in 1872. Work was started on the Wabash Railroad in 1891. The railroad did not want to put the station in at Foraker, but a mile west and north, so it was decided to move the town to its present location. The old Foraker consisted of one store, which was built and operated by Noah Yoder, son of Samuel Yoder. (Source: The Foraker Truth, May 1, 1925)

Once the railroad began to run through in 1893, the new town soon grew to include a general store, a cider mill, and a harness shop. Later were built a bank, a church, and a feed mill. The feed mill remains, along with a lumber and coal store, but with the demise of the railroad, Foraker has otherwise ceased to be a commercial center for the area.

Foraker has its own fire department.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Foraker, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-17.