Haubstadt's town hall
|Motto: "Preserving Our Past, Planning Our Future"|
Location in the state of Indiana
|• Total||0.71 sq mi (1.84 km2)|
|• Land||0.70 sq mi (1.81 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||472 ft (144 m)|
|• Estimate (2014)||1,637|
|• Density||2,252.9/sq mi (869.8/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||812, 930|
|GNIS feature ID||0435880|
Haubstadt is located at (38.204363, -87.575882).
According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 0.71 square miles (1.8 km2), of which 0.70 square miles (1.8 km2) (or 98.59%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.026 km2) (or 1.41%) is water.
Haubstadt has several schools, including Haubstadt Community School (or HCS), Saints Peter and Paul (or Sts. P&P), and Saint James.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,577 people, 667 households, and 431 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,252.9 inhabitants per square mile (869.8/km2). There were 701 housing units at an average density of 1,001.4 per square mile (386.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.2% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.
There were 667 households of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.
The median age in the town was 41.1 years. 23% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,529 people, 613 households, and 424 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,232.1 people per square mile (855.6/km²). There were 640 housing units at an average density of 934.3 per square mile (358.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.67% White, 0.07% African American, 0.07% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.13% of the population.
There were 613 households, of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the town, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $42,837, and the median income for a family was $54,000. Males had a median income of $37,098 versus $24,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,482. About 4.0% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
Haub built the community's first home, combining a stagecoach shop, general store, and trading post to accommodate travelers on the Noon Day Stage Coach route running to Vincennes. A dance hall was later also built above Mr. Haub's tavern and store, and the complex would later become known as The Log Inn, the area's famous restaurant. The Log Inn is officially recognized as the oldest restaurant in Indiana.
Haubstadt Train Wreck of 1990
On June 14, 1990, a train, operated by Jacksonville, Florida-based CSX Transportation, was coming into Haubstadt from the south and around 7:00pm suddenly there was a large crash followed by a lightning-like flash from an electric pole accompanied by a thunderclap and a town-wide power failure. It did not take long for people to realize that a train had de-railed. In the derailment, at least five buildings, most of downtown and much of Haubstadt's history was destroyed in about ten seconds. When it was later learned the train was possibly carrying ammonia, Haubstadt was mostly evacuated, mainly by people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma. It was later found that the ammonia cars were empty and that the smell was residue that was released into the air. It was also discovered that the tracks had not been maintained properly and that a couple of loose ties coupled with the speed at which the trains move through Haubstadt and neighboring Fort Branch (between 55 - 65 mph) were to blame for the accident. There is fear among many in Haubstadt and nearby Fort Branch and Princeton that a worse train wreck may occur as the track's speed limit was increased to 70 mph from Princeton to Darmstadt in 2000.
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