Benwood, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Benwood is located in Clay County, Indiana
Location in Clay County
Coordinates: 39°33′40″N 87°06′51″W / 39.56111°N 87.11417°W / 39.56111; -87.11417Coordinates: 39°33′40″N 87°06′51″W / 39.56111°N 87.11417°W / 39.56111; -87.11417
Country United States
State Indiana
County Clay
Township Van Buren
Elevation 669 ft (204 m)
ZIP code 47834
FIPS code 18-04852[1]
GNIS feature ID 430833[2]

Benwood is an unincorporated community in Van Buren Township, Clay County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.


A post office was established at Benwood in 1881, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1882.[3] Benwood was likely named in honor of Ben Davis, a railroad official.[4]

Mining was the originally the primary industry of Benwood.[5]


Benwood is located at 39°33′40″N 87°06′51″W / 39.56111°N 87.11417°W / 39.56111; -87.11417.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Benwood, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Clay County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...and supposedly named for Ben Davis, an official with the Vandalia Railroad. 
  5. ^ Blanchard, Charles (1884). Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey & Company. p. 251.