Central Barren, Indiana

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Central Barren, Indiana
Harrison County's location in Indiana
Harrison County's location in Indiana
Central Barren is located in Harrison County, Indiana
Central Barren
Central Barren
Location in Harrison County
Coordinates: 38°21′51″N 86°05′47″W / 38.36417°N 86.09639°W / 38.36417; -86.09639Coordinates: 38°21′51″N 86°05′47″W / 38.36417°N 86.09639°W / 38.36417; -86.09639
CountryUnited States
791 ft (241 m)
ZIP code
FIPS code18-11872[1]
GNIS feature ID432350[2]

Central Barren is an unincorporated community in Morgan Township, Harrison County, Indiana.


Central Barren is located at 38°21′51″N 86°05′47″W / 38.36417°N 86.09639°W / 38.36417; -86.09639.


The Harrison County barrens were so named by the early settlers for the lack of timber coverage. They were large tracts of prairie-like land, with only grass and small bushes. For the first decades of settlement, no one would live on the barrens because they were considered too far from the timber needed to build homes, fires, fences, and other necessities. The barrens were also swept by annual field fires, which would burn off most of the growth. As settlement expanded and farming grew in the early nineteenth century, settlers began to discover that because of the fires, the barrens were among the most fertile farmlands in the state, and they quickly filled with landholders. As settlement increased, the settlers were able to stop and prevent the wild fires that hindered forest growth and by the start of the 20th century, much of the barrens that were uninhabited began to grow up in Forrest, as it has remained until modern times.[3]

A post office was established at Central Barren in 1890, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1905.[4]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "Central Barren, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-10.
  3. ^ Perrin, H.W. "Harrison Count History". Retrieved 2008-10-04.
  4. ^ "Harrison County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.