Cale, Indiana

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Cale, Indiana
Unincorporated community
Martin County's location in Indiana
Martin County's location in Indiana
Cale is located in Martin County, Indiana
Location in Martin County
Coordinates: 38°47′45″N 86°45′05″W / 38.79583°N 86.75139°W / 38.79583; -86.75139Coordinates: 38°47′45″N 86°45′05″W / 38.79583°N 86.75139°W / 38.79583; -86.75139
Country United States
State Indiana
County Martin
Township Mitcheltree
Elevation[1] 531 ft (162 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47581
Area code(s) 812, 930
GNIS feature ID 449812

Cale is an unincorporated community in Mitcheltree Township, Martin County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[2]


The community was originally named New Cale, and was located approximately one mile north of its present day location. When John Walsh built a railroad through the area in the 1870s, some people moved from the original settlement to the new location to be closer to the railway. The two settlements became known as New Cale and Old Cale. By the mid 1880s the population had increased considerbly and the new location became known simply as Cale by 1889.

A post office called Cale was established in 1884, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1908.[3] The name Cale likely takes its name from a former school, Kale School, which in turn was named for a local resident.[4]


Cale is located at 38°47′45″N 86°45′05″W / 38.79583°N 86.75139°W / 38.79583; -86.75139.

Notable person[edit]

  • Victor Vic Aldridge, major league baseball player (1917-28), born here in 1893


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Cale, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Martin County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...comes from nearby Kale School, supposedly named for a resident.