Buck Creek, Indiana

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Buck Creek
Census-designated place
A freight train passes through Buck Creek
A freight train passes through Buck Creek
Tippecanoe County's location in Indiana
Tippecanoe County's location in Indiana
Buck Creek is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Buck Creek
Buck Creek
Location in Tippecanoe County
Coordinates: 40°29′16″N 86°45′42″W / 40.48778°N 86.76167°W / 40.48778; -86.76167Coordinates: 40°29′16″N 86°45′42″W / 40.48778°N 86.76167°W / 40.48778; -86.76167
Country United States
State Indiana
County Tippecanoe
Township Tippecanoe
Elevation[1] 659 ft (201 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47924
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-08794[2]
GNIS feature ID 449626, 2583446

Buck Creek is an unincorporated census-designated place in Washington Township, Tippecanoe County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[3]

It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Buck Creek was originally called Transitville.[4]

A post office was established under the name Transitville in 1858, and was renamed Buck Creek in 1885. It still currently remains in operation.[5]


Buck Creek sits at the intersection of Tippecanoe County Road 750 East and a northeast-southwest Norfolk Southern railroad line between the cities of Lafayette and Delphi. Indiana State Road 25, which also connects the cities, passes the town two miles to the northwest. As part of the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor project, the highway was relocated to a path that closely follows the railway and is within a quarter of a mile of town, which was completed in 2013.[6]

The creek for which Buck Creek is named originates 6.5 miles (10.5 km) east in Carroll County near Ockley, flows westward along the northern edge of town, and meets the Wabash River approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) to the west.


While small, the town does contain several different places of commerce. The grain elevator, which towers over the rest of town, is the main source of trade in town. The elevator is a complex of four separate buildings built along the railroad track that runs through the center of the town and it attracts farmers from the surrounding area.

Located on the north edge of town is the Buck Creek Community Center. The center is rentable and also is home to a playground and softball field. Across the street from the community center in the middle of cattle farm sits the old, abandoned high school which closed down in the 1950s, when the school integrated with East Tipp High School. In 1967, East Tipp became a middle school as William Henry Harrison High School opened. Buck Creek is also home to two separate churches: the Buck Creek United Methodist Church and the Buck Creek Baptist Church.


Children attend Hershey Elementary School, East Tipp Middle School and William Henry Harrison High School. Fire protection and emergency services are provided by the Buck Creek Volunteer Fire Department, which hosts its annual fundraiser, the Buck Creek Fish Fry during the 4th Saturday of August.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Buck Creek, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  4. ^ "USGS detail on Buck Creek - Variant Citation". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Tippecanoe County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Hoosier Heartland Highway Website". Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 

Buck Creek in 1878

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