Mount Auburn, Shelby County, Indiana
|Elevation||820 ft (250 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||439520|
Mount Auburn is an unincorporated community in Jackson Township, Shelby County, Indiana. Mount Auburn is situated at the geographical center of Jackson Township, the southwest corner Township of the county, twelve miles southwest of Shelbyville, and five miles northeast of Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana, on the I., M. and I.R.R.
The original name of Mount Auburn was Black Hawk, so named after the celebrated Indian chief Black Hawk. The first goods brought to Mt. Auburn were by a man by the name of Huffman. His stock consisted of general merchandize, and was kept in a small frame house that stood on the same lot now occupied by Mr. Conner's business house. Mr. A. Barnett came soon after and opened a store across the street from Huffman's. Then came Sylvester Delano and Caleb Sanders. Other early merchants were: John S. Campbell, A. B. Alsip, Obediah Sims, Joshua Lucas, Austin Ship and Edward Ferrell. In 1839, Joseph Hageman located his saw mill near the town. He sold in a short time to Delano & Sanders, who operated it more extensively, and in 1841, attached a grist mill, or more properly a corn cracker. Among the early enterprises of the town may be mentioned a tannery, which was owned and operated by a man named M. Reisman. The site of this tannery was a few yards west of the residence of Mr. John M. Payne. The hides of the wild and domestic animals, were dressed and thus the local demand for leather was met. The business at present consists of two stores, a wagon and blacksmith shop. The town numbers about 175 inhabitants.
But Mt. Auburn did not begin with this poetic name for it was first named Black Hawk after the Indiana Chief Black Hawk, famous in history as fighting with the British in 1812. He was chief of the Sac and Fox Indians, and fought against the United States again when his people were moved west by the government. In late years these Indians have has the sympathy of folks because of their ruthless treatment during their trek to the new lands.
When the village was given a post office service it was renamed and given the one which so intrigues us now.
Mount Auburn is located at.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Mount Auburn, Shelby County, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-17.