Hedrick, Indiana

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Hedrick
Unincorporated community
Looking east toward Hedrick along County Road 100 South
Looking east toward Hedrick along County Road 100 South
Hedrick is located in Warren County, Indiana
Hedrick
Hedrick
Location in Warren County
Coordinates: 40°18′6″N 87°29′27″W / 40.30167°N 87.49083°W / 40.30167; -87.49083Coordinates: 40°18′6″N 87°29′27″W / 40.30167°N 87.49083°W / 40.30167; -87.49083
Country United States
State Indiana
County Warren
Township Jordan
Founded 1881
Elevation[1] 705 ft (215 m)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47993
Area code(s) 765

Hedrick is a small unincorporated community in Jordan Township, Warren County, Indiana.

History[edit]

The town of Hedrick began on 31 July 1881 with its platting by locals Parmenas G. Smith and G. W. Compton. The first house was built by John Hendricks and the first store opened by Zarse & Ahrens. The town also gained a drug store operated by Frank Hartman and a school house erected in the early 1880s.[2] A post office was established in Hedrick on 14 January 1880 and closed on 31 January 1959.[3]

A tornado nearly destroyed Hedrick on 17 April 1922. The storm cut a path through the town an eighth of a mile wide, killing four residents, destroying six homes and ten businesses, and leaving only three buildings intact. Following the storm, newspapers estimated from ten to fifty thousand people flocked to the area to view the destruction, prompting the governor to deploy part of the state militia to control the crowds and prevent looting.[4]

Geography[edit]

Hedrick is located on flat, open farmland on the southern edge of Jordan Township, at the intersection of County Roads 900 West and 100 South. It is about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the Illinois border, 11 miles (18 km) west of the county seat of Williamsport, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of State Road 28. Its elevation is 709 feet.[1] Prior to the founding of the town, a wooded site called Hedrick's Grove stood to the east of nearby Redwood Creek.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "USGS detail on State Line". Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  2. ^ Goodspeed, Weston A. (1883). "Towns and Villages of Warren County". Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co. 
  3. ^ A History of Warren County, Indiana (175th Anniversary Edition). Warren County Historical Society. 2002. p. 220. 
  4. ^ Foxworthy, Jane Ellen (2002). "Jordan Township". A History of Warren County, Indiana (175th Anniversary Edition). Warren County Historical Society. 
  5. ^ Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Indiana. Chicago: Baskin, Forster & Company. 1876.