Crete, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Crete is located in Indiana
Crete is located in the US
Coordinates: 40°02′36″N 84°51′42″W / 40.04333°N 84.86167°W / 40.04333; -84.86167Coordinates: 40°02′36″N 84°51′42″W / 40.04333°N 84.86167°W / 40.04333; -84.86167
Country United States
State Indiana
County Randolph
Township Greensfork
Elevation[1] 1,188 ft (362 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47355
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-15904[2]
GNIS feature ID 433126

Crete is a small unincorporated community in Greensfork Township, Randolph County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[3]


A post office was established at Crete in 1882, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1918.[4] The community may have been named after the pet name of Lucretia, a local young woman.[5]


Crete is located at 40°02′36″N 84°51′42″W / 40.04333°N 84.86167°W / 40.04333; -84.86167, about 3 miles (5 km) east of the town of Lynn.

Notable person[edit]

Jim Jones, leader of the People's Temple cult that committed mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978, was born in Crete in 1931.[6]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Crete, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Randolph County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...whose name was Lucretia or Crete. 
  6. ^ Rolls, Geoff (26 November 2014). Classic Case Studies in Psychology: Third edition. Taylor & Francis. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-317-90961-3.