Otwell, Indiana

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Census-designated place
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Otwell is located in Indiana
Coordinates: 38°27′17″N 87°05′32″W / 38.45472°N 87.09222°W / 38.45472; -87.09222Coordinates: 38°27′17″N 87°05′32″W / 38.45472°N 87.09222°W / 38.45472; -87.09222
Country United States
State Indiana
County Pike
Township Jefferson
Named for Robert Otwell Brown
Elevation[1] 499 ft (152 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47564
FIPS code 18-57384[2]
GNIS feature ID 440760

Otwell is an unincorporated census-designated place in Jefferson Township, Pike County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[3]


Otwell was originally called Pieceville, and under the latter name was laid out in 1855.[4] The name was changed to Otwell in 1864 by a popular petition of its residents.[4] The name Otwell is derived from the middle name of Robert Otwell Brown, the son of an early settler.[5]

A post office has been in operation at Otwell since 1864.[6]


Otwell is located at 38°27′17″N 87°05′32″W / 38.45472°N 87.09222°W / 38.45472; -87.09222. Otwell sits along Indiana State Road 257 and is approximately 1 mile from Indiana State Road 56.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Otwell, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  4. ^ a b History of Pike and Dubois Counties, Indiana. Goodspeed Brothers. p. 356. ISBN 978-5-87521-222-2. 
  5. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...Robert Otwell Brown, son of Dr. Perry Brown, who laid out the village. 
  6. ^ "Pike County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved February 26, 2017.