Saint Joseph, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

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Saint Joseph
Unincorporated community
Saint joe skyline.jpg
Nickname(s): St. Joe County
Coordinates: 38°03′58″N 87°38′49″W / 38.06611°N 87.64694°W / 38.06611; -87.64694Coordinates: 38°03′58″N 87°38′49″W / 38.06611°N 87.64694°W / 38.06611; -87.64694
Country United States
State Indiana
County Vanderburgh
Township German
Founded by German immigrants, 1841
Named for St. Joseph Catholic Church
Elevation 548 ft (167 m)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 47720
Area code(s) 812
GNIS feature ID 442618

Saint Joseph, affectionately called St. Joe County by locals, is an unincorporated community in German Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, United States and centered on St. Joseph Catholic Church. Along with that of Darmstadt, its colonization marked the beginning of German-American immigration to southern Indiana. The area was chosen as a settlement for its rich farmland.[1]

Name[edit]

St. Joseph Catholic Church, after which the town is named.

The town is named after the church in its center, St. Joseph Catholic Church. The church is named for the Saint Joseph the Carpenter, the father of Jesus. Unlike most other local communities, St. Joseph has never had a railway station.[2]

The nickname "St. Joe County" originates from the fact that there are multiple churches by the name of St. Joseph in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Evansville and Vincennes, and different names were needed to distinguish one from the next in conversation and on paperwork. The church is referred to as "St. Joe in the County", referring to the fact that the other St. Joseph Catholic Churches are located in Evansville ("St. Joe [in the] City") and Jasper "St. Joe [in] Jasper"). The name is frequently truncated to "St. Joe County", and members of the diocese have come to know the town as "St. Joe County".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic Property Report Section 1, I-64/I-164/SR 57 to SR 64: I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis, Tier 2". Federal Highway Administration and Indiana Department of Transportation. November 21, 2005. p. 17. Retrieved June 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ Indiana Department of Geology and Natural Resources (1910). Annual report 34: 167.