Poland, Indiana

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Poland
Unincorporated community
Poland is located in Clay County, Indiana
Poland
Poland
Location in Clay County
Coordinates: 39°26′39″N 86°57′3″W / 39.44417°N 86.95083°W / 39.44417; -86.95083Coordinates: 39°26′39″N 86°57′3″W / 39.44417°N 86.95083°W / 39.44417; -86.95083
Country United States
State Indiana
County Clay
Township Cass
Elevation 696 ft (212 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5.0)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4.0)
ZIP codes 47868
Area code(s) 765 and 812
GNIS feature ID 441396[1]

Poland is an unincorporated community in eastern Cass Township, Clay County, Indiana, United States. It lies along State Road 42 southeast of the city of Brazil, the county seat of Clay County.[2] Its elevation is 696 feet (212 m).[1] Although Poland is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 47868.[3]

The zip code of 47868 has segments in three counties (Clay, Owen, and Putnam). Poland, Indiana is also in Owen County.

The 47868 ZIP Code is centered in Owen County at latitude 39.451 and longitude -86.975. It is a standard type ZIP Code. Owen County is in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours) and observes daylight savings time.

ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) 47868 has a land area of 58.11 sq. miles and a water area of 1.64 sq. miles for Census 2000.

Demographic Profile[edit]

The zip cose 47868 is a rural community with 3,111 people as of the 2000 census, 47.6 persons per square mile.

2000 census

The community is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Tourism[edit]

Poland, Indiana is just south of Cagle Mills Lake where visitors can boat, fish, hunt, hike on trails, swim or sun on the beach. Camping sites are primitive or electric.

History[edit]

The first blacksmith shop in Poland, Indiana was owned by James A Poland, the year was 1839.In 1841 J.B. Nees conceived the idea of starting a town and with conversing with the 3 other land owners all agreed to set aside land, and Poland was born.

The Poland post office was established in 1846.[4]

Poland Historic Chapel 8983 E. St., Poland, IN 47868

About: A National Historical Landmark erected in 1869..... and still true to its original construction General Information: Built as a Presbyterian Church in Nov. 1869 on land donated by Henry Shults. It cost $1500.00 to build. Rev. T.S. Milligan of Gosport was the first minister. In 1929, the Presbyterian services were discontinued and in 1939 the building was transferred over to the newly organized Poland Chapel Cemetery trustees and renamed the Poland Chapel. In 1966, a group of local citizens, worried about the deteriorating Chapel, decided to restore it. Over 125 people donated $2000.00 for the necessary repairs. On June 9, 2009 vandals set fire to the building but the Poland Volunteer Fire Dept. was there in 6 minutes to save the building. It has been restored fully and is the best it has ever been...thanks to many people who care for it still.

Legends[edit]

In 2008, Poland was thrust into the limelight as the birthplace of a modern-day Noah's ark. Tom West,[5] 71, and his wife of 52 years, Marsha, started building a 57-foot (17 m) long, 33-ton stainless steel sailboat on an old tennis court next to his house. "I know I'm not nuts but it's a big undertaking," West has been quoted as saying. Tom is a former tennis coach and farmer with several college degrees, including one in astrophysics. The interior of the boat is 6.5 feet (2.0 m) tall, and about 600 square feet (56 m2), or about the size of a small apartment. West plans to build a full kitchen, sleeping quarters for 12 people, two bathrooms, a lounge and a navigation center. West has built the boat especially to resist attack by pirates. There are steel doors with locking mechanisms to assure protection. After completion, Tom and Marsha plan to launch the boat in Kentucky Lake, then take the Tombigbee waterway to the Gulf of Mexico, then on to see the world.

The Ghosts of Poland, Indiana The small town of Poland, Indiana, is plagued with not one but two ghost stories. Locals and those who have visited the town in recent years tell both stories. One of the stories has even made it into some unusual books regarding strange stories from the state's past. The first ghost story is that of the Zion Church Cemetery. The cemetery itself is rumored to be haunted, though most of the stories seem very generic. People who have been there claim to have seen strange lights, felt as if someone was watching them, and generally felt spooky. Others claim to hear the sound of someone whispering. It is said that there is a helpful spirit who haunts the cemetery, yet tries to protect people from entering the cursed ground too. Supposedly the ghost walks out of the cemetery, and stops cars as they get near. Some have even claimed that the ghost told them to turn back. The other ghost story told in Poland involves the Poland Cemetery, and is less of a ghost story than just an unusual story.. This is where people claim a possessed child was buried. According to the stories, the boy was from a normal quiet family and seemed like the perfect child. One day he began acting out and speaking in strange tones. As he was only five years old, the family was concerned about his behavior. The family quickly learned that a demonic force possessed their little boy. Some even claim that the boy was possessed by several demons. These demons eventually caused his death, though no one even gives an exact reason why he died. Following his death the family placed a huge color portrait of the boy on his headstone. Though the headstone is eroded, the picture is still in perfect condition. It is said that if you look closely at the image, you can still see the traces of his horns. Apparently when the demons possessed his body, they did so with a physical manifestation. The Poland Cemetery has been in use since at least the 1870s, but I have never heard anyone say when the boy died, or even where the grave is actually located inside the cemetery. I have seen images that some claim are pictures taken at the cemetery, and I have to say that I didn't see the horns. Then again, some say you can only see his horns at night.

Education[edit]

Patricksburg Elementary, Owen Valley Middle, Cloverdale High School.

Cloverdale High School is a public high school in Cloverdale. The principal of Cloverdale High School is Mr Sonny Stoltz. 408 students attend Cloverdale High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0% of the Cloverdale High School students have limited English proficiency. 53% of the 408 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Cloverdale High School is 14:1. South Putnam High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Cloverdale High School Athletics

Poland Library Enter the Poland Indiana public library as the people's champion of free internet access. The Poland IN public library not only allows patrons to come in with their own devices and use free Wi-Fi in most places, it also provides machines for users that are already connected and ready to go. 1-800-872-0222

Owen County Library OCPL has served Owen County for over 100 years. Complete history of the Owen County Public Library

Owen County Government[edit]

Owen County Government Owen County was established by an act of the Indiana Legislature, 1818-1819, but was being settled as early as 1816. Indiana became a state in 1816, and was settled from the bottom up by land-hungry, adamantly independent Scotch-Irish, German and English folk with Appalachian frontier roots, including veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Comrades of Kentuckian Abraham Owen, who dies in the Battle of Tippecanoe, named the county in his honor.

Recreation[edit]

The Long House Lodge is a 9,000 square foot facility that opens up to a 50 acre private lake through a large, inviting porch. The lodge includes a large kitchen, dance floor, game room with a pool table, ping pong and fooseball. Outside the lodge is a large meadow that can be used for outdoor activities, and a large dock on the lake that could be used for a ceremony.

Cunot Community & Senior Center 5530 State Road 42 Poland, Indiana 47868, Phone(765) 795-3461 Tulip Hill Hideaway Poland, Indiana 47868

Cagle Mills Lake In 1952, Cagles Mill Lake was built as Indiana’s first flood control reservoir, protecting the Eel and White river watersheds. Mill Creek feeds the 1,400-acre lake and is home to beautiful Cataract Falls. These falls resulted from two pre-glacial bedrock ridges buried beneath ancient lake sediments of the Illinoisan glacial period.

Lieber State REcreation Area In the 1800s, Lieber State Recreation Area was populated by the Miami, Shawnee and Potawatomi. In 1809, what was left of the great Miami Indian Confederacy sold the now southern one-third of Indiana to the U.S. government, when the 10 O’Clock Treaty Line, which passes through Lieber SRA, was laid out. To learn more about the history and legends of the area, stop at the Nature Center and speak with the Interpretive Naturalist staff.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Poland, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  2. ^ DeLorme. Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer. 3rd ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 43. ISBN 0-89933-319-2.
  3. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  4. ^ "Clay County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Local paper story on Tom West