London, Indiana

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London, Indiana
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London is located in Indiana
London is located in the United States
Coordinates: 39°37′32″N 85°55′13″W / 39.62556°N 85.92028°W / 39.62556; -85.92028Coordinates: 39°37′32″N 85°55′13″W / 39.62556°N 85.92028°W / 39.62556; -85.92028
CountryUnited States
Elevation787 ft (240 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
GNIS feature ID438238

London is an unincorporated community in Moral Township, Shelby County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[2]


London was platted in 1852 when the railroad was extended to that point.[3] The community took its name from London, the capital of England.[4] A post office was established at London in 1854, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1959.[5]

On September 9, 1969, Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 on a BostonBaltimoreCincinnatiIndianapolisSt. Louis route, collided in midair with a Piper Cherokee during its descent over Fairland, Indiana in Shelby County. The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 crashed into a cornfield near London, killing all 78 passengers and 4 crew members on board. The student pilot who was flying the Cherokee was also killed.[6]


London is located at 39°37′32″N 85°55′13″W / 39.62556°N 85.92028°W / 39.62556; -85.92028.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "London, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  3. ^ History of Shelby County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present, with Biographical Sketches, Notes, Etc. Brant & Fuller. 1887. p. 455.
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...named for London, England.
  5. ^ "Shelby County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  6. ^ Aircraft Accident Report, Allegheny Airlines, Inc., DC-9, N988VJ, and a Forth Corporation, Piper PA-28, N7374J, Near Fairland, Indiana, September 9, 1969 (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. July 15, 1970. NTSB-AAR-70-15. Retrieved March 25, 2016.