Fiat, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
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Fiat is located in Indiana
Fiat is located in the US
Coordinates: 40°33′12″N 85°9′0″W / 40.55333°N 85.15000°W / 40.55333; -85.15000Coordinates: 40°33′12″N 85°9′0″W / 40.55333°N 85.15000°W / 40.55333; -85.15000
Country United States
State Indiana
County Jay
Township Penn Township
Elevation 902 ft (275 m)
FIPS code 18-23116[1]
GNIS feature ID 434469[2]

Fiat is an unincorporated community in Penn Township, Jay County, Indiana.


A post office was established at Fiat in 1881, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1926.[3] The political issue of United States Notes (fiat money) likely caused the community's name to be selected.[4]

Historic site[edit]

Located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Fiat is a round barn.[5] Known as the Rebecca Rankin Round Barn, it was built in 1908, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

A portion of Harry Turtledove's science fiction novel Worldwar: In the Balance takes place in Fiat.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Fiat, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Jay County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...greenbackers who advocated paper money backed only by the U.S. government. 
  5. ^ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Jay County Interim Report. Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Natural Resources, 1985-07. 9.
  6. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.