Vigo County's location in Indiana
|Vigo County, Indiana|
|Elevation||614 ft (187 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||434631|
Fontanet (also Fountain, Fountain Station, or Hunter) is an unincorporated census-designated place in central Nevins Township, Vigo County, Indiana, United States. It lies along Baldwin St., northeast of the city of Terre Haute, the county seat of Vigo County. Its elevation is 614 feet (187 m), and it is located at (39.5761500, -87.2436276). Although Fontanet is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 47851.
Each year on the last weekend in August, Fontanet enjoys the Annual Fontanet Bean Dinner Festival, a tradition stemming from a Civil War veterans' picnic first held in 1890. The festival was originally held on land near the DuPont Powder Mill. After the mill exploded in 1907, the picnic moved to the site known as Holloway Grove, donated by local landowner Bill Holloway.
Fontanet, two miles east of Coal Bluff, was also an important mining town worked and operated by the Coal Bluff Mining Company. The town also was an important railroad station on the Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad. The mining company had a large general store, and in 1890 over 300 miners lived in Fontanet.
The town's post office was established under the name Fountain Station in 1870. It was renamed to Hunter in 1877, and again to Fontanet in 1881. The post office is still currently in operation.
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