Goldsmith, Indiana

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Goldsmith
Unincorporated community
Goldsmith is located in Indiana
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Goldsmith is located in the US
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Coordinates: 40°17′22″N 86°08′57″W / 40.28944°N 86.14917°W / 40.28944; -86.14917
Country United States
State Indiana
County Tipton
Township Jefferson
Green Station 1876
Elevation[1] 909 ft (277 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46045
FIPS code 18-28296[2]
GNIS feature ID 435162
[3]

Goldsmith is an unincorporated community of Jefferson Township in Tipton County, Indiana, United States, about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.[4]

It is part of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Originally called Green Station, Goldsmith was surveyed in 1876. The original landowners were John Wolford, J.A. Teter, McDonald Teter, and Hiram Fulkerson. The town's name was changed to Goldsmith after the founders discovered another town in Indiana named Green Station. It was named after a contractor who helped build the LaFayette, Muncie and Bloomington Railroad. The first home was built in the village, on the west side, by Solomon Wolford. There was also a blacksmith and a shop.[3] A Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in Goldsmith in 1881. A church was built for the congregation, costing $1,000 to build.[5]

A post office was established at Goldsmith in 1876, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 2001.[6]

As of 1914, the town was known for its high school, which was the most contemporary in the state at the time. The town used to be home to the "old settlers' meeting," in which thousands of early Indiana settlers would unite in Goldsmith to celebrate.[3]

Geography[edit]

Goldsmith is located six miles west of Tipton, Indiana.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of January 1914, the village had a population of 200.[3]

Education[edit]

The first school in Jefferson Township was built in Goldsmith and began operation in 1842. James Forsythe was the first teacher.[7]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Pershing, p. 115-116
  4. ^ "Goldsmith, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  5. ^ Pershing, p. 199
  6. ^ "Tipton County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  7. ^ Pershing, p. 191

Sources[edit]

  • Pershing, Marvin W. "History of Tipton County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions". Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen (1914).

Coordinates: 40°17′22″N 86°08′58″W / 40.289379°N 86.14933°W / 40.289379; -86.14933