Benton Township, Monroe County, Indiana

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Benton Township
Honey Creek School, a historic site in the township
Honey Creek School, a historic site in the township
Location in Monroe County
Location in Monroe County
Coordinates: 39°14′46″N 86°25′30″W / 39.24611°N 86.42500°W / 39.24611; -86.42500Coordinates: 39°14′46″N 86°25′30″W / 39.24611°N 86.42500°W / 39.24611; -86.42500
Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Monroe
 • Type Indiana township
 • Total 56.61 sq mi (146.6 km2)
 • Land 54.92 sq mi (142.2 km2)
 • Water 1.69 sq mi (4.4 km2)  2.99%
Elevation 797 ft (243 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,358
 • Density 61.1/sq mi (23.6/km2)
ZIP codes 46151, 47401, 47408, 47468
GNIS feature ID 0453106

Benton Township is one of eleven townships in Monroe County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 3,358 and it contained 1,716 housing units.[1]


Benton Township was established in 1833.[2] It was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.[3] Benton township was divided into Marion township to the north and Benton township to the south in August 1845.[4] The current township was formed in January 1916 when Marion township and Benton township merged back together to form a single township.[5]

Honey Creek School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[6]


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 56.61 square miles (146.6 km2), of which 54.92 square miles (142.2 km2) (or 97.01%) is land and 1.69 square miles (4.4 km2) (or 2.99%) is water.[1]

Unincorporated towns[edit]


The township trustee is responsible for four cemeteries: Fleener/Richardson, Stepp, Brock, and Taylor/McGowan/Frye.

Major highways[edit]


  • Beanblossom Lake
  • Cherry Lake
  • Lazy Lake

School districts[edit]

  • Monroe County Community School Corporation

Political districts[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  2. ^ History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana: Their People, Industries, and Institutions. B.F. Bowen. 1914. p. 404. 
  3. ^ Blanchard, Charles (1884). Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey & Company. p. 531. 
  4. ^ [ Monroe County Timeline
  5. ^ Community: Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department
  6. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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