Pickard, Indiana

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Pickard
Unincorporated community
Pickard is located in Clinton County, Indiana
Pickard
Pickard
Coordinates: 40°13′23″N 86°15′41″W / 40.22306°N 86.26139°W / 40.22306; -86.26139Coordinates: 40°13′23″N 86°15′41″W / 40.22306°N 86.26139°W / 40.22306; -86.26139
Country United States
State Indiana
County Clinton
Township Sugar Creek
Named for Jacob Pickard[1]
Elevation[2] 928 ft (283 m)
ZIP code 46050
FIPS code 18-59544[3]
GNIS feature ID 441098

Pickard is an unincorporated community in Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana. The town is named for Jacob Pickard who operated a sawmill at the site.[4]

History[edit]

Jacob Pickard ran a sawmill at Pickard's Mills. It was originally operated at Jefferson in the western part of the county, but James M. Ward, Jack Hill, and Frank McMannis moved it to the new site at a town then called Hillsborough. Jacob Pickard took over the mill and the town then came to be known as Pickard's Mill.[5] In 1851, the old mill was replaced with a more advanced steam saw mill which was also equipped with millstones for grinding wheat and corn.

James Ward laid out Pickard's Mill in 1844 (but never officially platted it) and opened the town's first store. Robert Boyer was its first blacksmith, Doctors Cooper and Williams its first physicians, and Thomas Puckit the first postmaster.

The town was known by some of the early locals as "Tailholt", and this was the name that residents requested when the post office was to be established there, but the postal authorities kept the name as Pickard's Mill. A 1913 history states that many in the area believed the town to be the inspiration for James Whitcomb Riley's poem "The Little Town o' Tailholt", though the true source was the town of Tailholt (later Carrollton) in Hancock County.[4][6]

Geography[edit]

Pickard is located at 40°13′23″N 86°15′41″W / 40.22306°N 86.26139°W / 40.22306; -86.26139.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sugar Creek Story, Sanamindji Club, 1966, Clinton County, Indiana
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b Claybaugh, Joseph (1913). History of Clinton County, Indiana. Indianapolis: A. W. Bowen & Company. pp. 32–33. 
  5. ^ Sugar Creek Story, The Sanamindji Club, 1966, Clinton County, Indiana
  6. ^ Claybaugh, Joseph (1913). "Sugar Creek Township". History of Clinton County, Indiana. Indianapolis: A. W. Bowen & Company.