Pontiac, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Pontiac is located in Clay County, Indiana
Location in Clay County
Coordinates: 39°35′25″N 87°07′07″W / 39.59028°N 87.11861°W / 39.59028; -87.11861Coordinates: 39°35′25″N 87°07′07″W / 39.59028°N 87.11861°W / 39.59028; -87.11861
Country United States
State Indiana
County Clay
Township Van Buren
Elevation[1] 689 ft (210 m)
ZIP code 47837
FIPS code 18-61038[2]
GNIS feature ID 441432

Pontiac is an unincorporated community in Van Buren Township, Clay County, Indiana. It is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Pontiac was laid out in 1871 in anticipation of the railroad being built through it.[3] It was named after Chief Pontiac.[4]


Pontiac is located at 39°35′25″N 87°07′07″W / 39.59028°N 87.11861°W / 39.59028; -87.11861.


  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. ^ Blanchard, Charles (1884). Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey & Company. p. 251. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. This village, named for the Ottawa chief Pontiac...