Howe, Indiana

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Howe, Indiana
Shops in the center of Howe
Shops in the center of Howe
Location in LaGrange County, Indiana
Location in LaGrange County, Indiana
Howe is located in Indiana
Location in Indiana
Howe is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 41°43′17″N 85°25′14″W / 41.72139°N 85.42056°W / 41.72139; -85.42056Coordinates: 41°43′17″N 85°25′14″W / 41.72139°N 85.42056°W / 41.72139; -85.42056
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.79 sq mi (4.63 km2)
 • Land1.79 sq mi (4.63 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
879 ft (268 m)
 • Total610
 • Density341.16/sq mi (131.74/km2)
ZIP code
FIPS code18-34978
GNIS feature ID436547[2]

Howe is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Lima Township, LaGrange County, Indiana. As of the 2010 census its population was 807.[3]


Howe was settled in 1834. At that time, it was named "Mongoquinong", a name that the Potawatomi people had given to the prairie in northeastern Indiana. Shortly thereafter it was renamed "Lima" and was, at that time, the county seat. It was later renamed "Howe" after John B. Howe, a local attorney.[4]

The Howe Military School, the town's most famous attraction, was founded in 1884.

Lima, Indiana (now Howe) in 1876

Local places on the National Register[edit]

Sites in Howe on the National Register of Historic Places are:

Kingsbury Hotel


Howe is located in northern LaGrange County at 41°43′17″N 85°25′14″W / 41.72139°N 85.42056°W / 41.72139; -85.42056 at the intersection of State Road 120 and State Road 9. It is the principal community in Lima Township. It is 2 miles (3 km) south of Interstate 80/90 (the Indiana Toll Road), and 5 miles (8 km) north of LaGrange, the county seat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Howe census-designated place has an area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), all of it recorded as land.[5] The Pigeon River, a tributary of the St. Joseph River, flows westward along the southern edge of the community.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[6]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  2. ^ "Howe, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (DP-1), Howe CDP, Indiana". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 172. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...renamed for lawyer John B. Howe...
  5. ^ "U.S. Gazetteer Files: 2019: Places: Indiana". U.S. Census Bureau Geography Division. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.