Benton Township, Monroe County, Indiana

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Benton Township
Honey Creek School, a historic site in the township
Honey Creek School, a historic site in the township
Location in Monroe County
Location in Monroe County
Coordinates: 39°14′46″N 86°25′30″W / 39.24611°N 86.42500°W / 39.24611; -86.42500Coordinates: 39°14′46″N 86°25′30″W / 39.24611°N 86.42500°W / 39.24611; -86.42500
Country United States
State Indiana
CountyMonroe
Government
 • TypeIndiana township
Area
 • Total56.61 sq mi (146.6 km2)
 • Land54.92 sq mi (142.2 km2)
 • Water1.69 sq mi (4.4 km2)  2.99%
Elevation830 ft (253 m)
Population
 • Total3,358
 • Density61.1/sq mi (23.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
46151, 47401, 47408, 47468
Area code(s)812, 930
GNIS feature ID453106
Websitebentontownshiptrustee.org/

Benton Township is one of eleven townships in Monroe County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,358 and it contained 1,716 housing units.[2]

History[edit]

Benton Township was established in 1833.[3] It was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.[4] Benton township was divided into Marion township to the north and Benton township to the south in August 1845.[5] The current township was formed in January 1916 when Marion township and Benton township merged back together to form a single township.[6]

Honey Creek School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 56.61 square miles (146.6 km2), of which 54.92 square miles (142.2 km2) (or 97.01%) is land and 1.69 square miles (4.4 km2) (or 2.99%) is water.[2]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Cemeteries[edit]

The township trustee is responsible for four cemeteries: Fleener/Richardson, Stepp, Brock, and Taylor/McGowan/Frye.

Major highways[edit]

Lakes[edit]

  • Beanblossom Lake
  • Cherry Lake
  • Lazy Lake

School districts[edit]

  • Monroe County Community School Corporation

Political districts[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Benton Township, Monroe County, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
  • United States Census Bureau 2008 TIGER/Line Shapefiles
  • IndianaMap

External links[edit]