Marshfield, Indiana

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Marshfield
Unincorporated community
Looking southwest toward town at dusk
Looking southwest toward town at dusk
Marshfield is located in Warren County, Indiana
Marshfield
Marshfield
Marshfield is located in Indiana
Marshfield
Marshfield
Marshfield is located in the US
Marshfield
Marshfield
Coordinates: 40°15′2″N 87°27′10″W / 40.25056°N 87.45278°W / 40.25056; -87.45278Coordinates: 40°15′2″N 87°27′10″W / 40.25056°N 87.45278°W / 40.25056; -87.45278
Country United States
State Indiana
County Warren
Township Steuben
Founded 1857
Named for Marshfield, Massachusetts
Area
 • Total 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation[1] 699 ft (213 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47993
Area code(s) 765
GNIS feature ID 438659

Marshfield is a small unincorporated community in Steuben Township, Warren County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[2]

History[edit]

The town of Marshfield was platted on May 22, 1857, and named for Marshfield, Massachusetts, the home of statesman Daniel Webster.[3] A post office was established on April 6, 1857, which operated until 1989. In 1870, the population was 150 and, by 1900, it had grown to 250. In the late 1800s, the town had a dry goods store, a hotel, three churches, three saloons, two blacksmith shops, a grain warehouse, a wagon and carriage manufactory, a grocery store, a drug store and three physicians.[4]

Historical marker on State Avenue

In 2007, Marshfield consisted of a number of private residences, a grain elevator, a church and a body shop.

Aerial view looking to the southwest

Geography[edit]

Marshfield is located in open farmland on County Road 450 South, about 1.75 miles (2.82 km) west of State Road 63, at an elevation of 699 feet (213 m). Chesapeake Creek begins just east of town, and an early village named Chesapeake once stood about 2 miles (3.2 km) to the east. A Norfolk Southern Railway line runs along the east side of town, from Danville, Illinois, in the southwest to Lafayette in the northeast; the line carries about 45 freight trains per day.[5]

Map from 1877 Warren County Atlas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-10. 
  2. ^ "USGS detail on Marshfield, Indiana". Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  3. ^ Baker, Ronald L.; Carmony, Marvin (1975). Indiana Place Names. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 98. 
  4. ^ A History of Warren County, Indiana. Warren County Historical Society. 1966. 
  5. ^ "Warren County Transportation/Utilities". Warren County Local Economic Development Organization. Retrieved 2010-09-12.