Gnaw Bone, Indiana

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Gnaw Bone
Unincorporated community
Brown County's location in Indiana
Brown County's location in Indiana
Gnaw Bone is located in Brown County, Indiana
Gnaw Bone
Gnaw Bone
Location in Brown County
Coordinates: 39°11′27″N 86°11′28″W / 39.19083°N 86.19111°W / 39.19083; -86.19111Coordinates: 39°11′27″N 86°11′28″W / 39.19083°N 86.19111°W / 39.19083; -86.19111
Country United States
State Indiana
County Brown
Population (2000)
 • Total 58,235
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 47448
Area code(s) 812

Gnaw Bone is an unincorporated community in Brown County, Indiana.

One theory is that the town's name derives from that of the original French settlement in the area, Narbonne, named in turn for the southern French city of that name. To the ears of English settlers at the time, "Narbonne" sounded like and came to be known as "Gnaw Bone."[1][2][3] The truth is that no one really knows how the name came about,[citation needed] although several stories and theories exist. One story says that many years ago some one was looking for a certain man and was told, "I seed him over at the Hawkins place a' gnawin' on a bone."[4]

Gnaw Bone is situated on state highway 46, between Nashville and Columbus. It is known for its flea markets and has been promoted as the "flea market capital of the world", as it is said to have one flea market for every five residents.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ashley, Leonard. 1995. "Folk Etymology in the Place Names of the United States." In Eichler, Ernst et al. (eds.) Namenforschung: ein internationales Handbuch zur Onomastik (pp. 471–475). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 472.
  2. ^ Rubino, Carl A. Rubino, & Cynthia W. Shelmerdine. 1983. Approaches to Homer. Austin: University of Texas Press, p. 76.
  3. ^ Huppke, Rex W. (February 13, 2000). "Chew on This There's a Town Called Gnaw Bone". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ ibid.