Buena Vista, Harrison County, Indiana

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Buena Vista is an unincorporated community in Taylor Township, Harrison County, Indiana, in the United States.[1]


Buena Vista was laid out in 1850.[2] The community was named after the 1847 Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican–American War.[3] An old variant name was Convenience.[4] A post office called Convenience was established in 1878, and remained in operation until 1904.[5]

On March 28, 1859, a meteor exploded over the area and distributed meteorites over a 4 square mile area. Only four Chondrite meteorites were recovered,[6] two of which are in a museum in London. [7][8] Dr. Crosier collected and thoroughly analyzed the samples. His findings reported the people that found them, the location, composition, size and smell. [9]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Buena Vista, Harrison County, Indiana
  2. ^ Roose, William H. (1911). Indiana's Birthplace: A History of Harrison County, Indiana. Tribune Company, Printers. p. 70. 
  3. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. This popular name commemorates the Battle of Buena Vista. 
  4. ^ Indiana Names, v.4. Terre Haute, IN: Indiana State University. 1973. p. 58. 
  5. ^ "Post offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 13 October 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Shaffer, Nelson. "Meteorites in Indiana". Indiana Geological Survey. Indiana University. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Bogardus, Carl. "The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky - Page 103". Newspapers.com. The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Roose, William (1911). Indiana's Birthplace: A History of Harrison County, Indiana. Tribune Company, Printers. p. 70. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Farrington, Oliver Cummings (1915). Meteorites of North America. p. 221. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

Coordinates: 38°03′32″N 85°58′48″W / 38.05889°N 85.98000°W / 38.05889; -85.98000