New Amsterdam, Indiana

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New Amsterdam, Indiana
Town
New Amsterdam town hall, 2007
New Amsterdam town hall, 2007
Location of New Amsterdam in the state of Indiana
Location of New Amsterdam in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 38°6′7″N 86°16′29″W / 38.10194°N 86.27472°W / 38.10194; -86.27472Coordinates: 38°6′7″N 86°16′29″W / 38.10194°N 86.27472°W / 38.10194; -86.27472
Country United States
State Indiana
County Harrison
Township Washington
Area[1]
 • Total 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
 • Land 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 27
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 27
 • Density 337.5/sq mi (130.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 47142
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-52398[4]
GNIS feature ID 0440016[5]

New Amsterdam is a town located in Washington Township, Harrison County, Indiana, United States, along the Ohio River. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27.[6]

History[edit]

Shaffer's General Store, 2011

The first European-American settlers in what became New Amsterdam were James Riley and Jacob Youstler. Starting in 1815, they lived in New Amsterdam for several years before relocating further north.[7] The town was formally platted on September 19, 1815, by Jacob Funk and Samuel McAdams.[8]

The town relied on the Ohio River for its growth, as it was the main transportation route for migrating settlers as well as traders up and down river. Steamboats were active on the river during the 19th century and contributed to the growth of waterfront towns. In the 1860 census, New Amsterdam was the largest town in Harrison County.[citation needed]

Floods played a large part in the decline of the town. The Great Ohio River flood of 1937 destroyed 75% of the structures in the town. The only original building remaining in the town is the old country store. A marker on the second story of the building shows the height of the water in the 1937 Flood.[citation needed]

Today, the town has a general store, a Baptist church, a Methodist church, a town hall and a cemetery.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

New Amsterdam is located at 38°6′6″N 86°16′29″W / 38.10167°N 86.27472°W / 38.10167; -86.27472 (38.101894, -86.274821).[9] According to the 2010 census, New Amsterdam has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), of which 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) (or 80%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) (or 20%) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 186
1890 172 −7.5%
1900 200 16.3%
1910 134 −33.0%
1920 137 2.2%
1930 101 −26.3%
1940 86 −14.9%
1950 76 −11.6%
1960 43 −43.4%
1970 32 −25.6%
1980 31 −3.1%
1990 30 −3.2%
2000 24 −20.0%
2010 27 12.5%
Est. 2015 27 [10] 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 27 people, 11 households, and 8 families residing in the town. The population density was 337.5 inhabitants per square mile (130.3/km2). There were 20 housing units at an average density of 250.0 per square mile (96.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 85.2% White, 11.1% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.1% of the population.

There were 11 households of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.3% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.75.

The median age in the town was 42.3 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 0% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 55.6% male and 44.4% female.

Area events[edit]

The New Amsterdam Festival, also known as Remembrance Day, was held the third Saturday of April and all were welcome. The festival featured a parade, bazaar and competitions. The final year for the festival was 2014.

September 19, 2015 the town put on a small festival to celebrate the bicentennial of the founding of the town. People are trying to see if there will be another festival for 2016. So as of right now another festival is still up in the air.

Area attractions[edit]

Old General Store called The Shaffer's General Store. The history of the store, dates back to 1886 where it was opened by the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellow). The 1st floor was primarily used as a mercantile/ trading post, where goods and supplies would be sold to locals and those passing through the area. The General Store has with stood the 1937 and 1997 flood, along with other minor floods that the Ohio River has produced. The ownership of the store changed in 1998 and was reopened in 2000, after remodeling was completed.

A small bait shop located near the Ohio River itself called They're Bitin' Bait Shop. Fishing supplies and other goods are sold there. They also have camping lots with access to electric and satellite TV. A very popular location during Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, along with summer weekends.

Located near the bait shop is a little ramp, giving access the river directly. This is a good place to fish, undock and redock boats along with taking beautiful sunset photographs. This is also a good place to relax next to the river as the barges and fishing boats go up and down the river.

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