Quincy, Indiana

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Quincy, Indiana
Unincorporated community
Quincy, Indiana is located in Indiana
Quincy, Indiana
Quincy, Indiana
Quincy, Indiana is located in the US
Quincy, Indiana
Quincy, Indiana
Coordinates: 39°27′13″N 86°42′45″W / 39.45361°N 86.71250°W / 39.45361; -86.71250Coordinates: 39°27′13″N 86°42′45″W / 39.45361°N 86.71250°W / 39.45361; -86.71250
Country United States
State Indiana
County Owen
Township Taylor
Elevation[1] 738 ft (225 m)
ZIP code 47456
GNIS feature ID 441701

Quincy is an unincorporated community in northeastern Taylor Township, Owen County, Indiana, United States. It lies just south of CR1150N, north of the town of Spencer, the county seat of Owen County.[2] Its elevation is 738 feet (225 m), and it is located at 39°27′13″N 86°42′45″W / 39.45361°N 86.71250°W / 39.45361; -86.71250 (39.4536575, -86.7125050).[3] Although Quincy is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 47456.[4]


Quincy had its start in the year 1853 by the building of the New Albany Railroad (a precursor to the Monon Railroad)[5] through that territory.[6] Many of the workers on this railroad had built homes along Brush Creek, where the railroad crossed it. William L. Hart and his wife Lucy had the area around the Brush Creek trestle surveyed for a town, which was to be named Quincy. This plat was received at the Owen County Courthouse in Spencer on June 7, 1853.[7]

The town of Quincy was thriving when a fire was accidentally started on November 3, 1873.[8] Most of the business district was destroyed, including three dry goods stores. Another fire occurred on May 9, 1930 which destroyed the same part of town. The buildings that were destroyed were the O.E. Stewart store, Dunkin general store, the Herbert store, the post office and two smaller buildings. This meant all five stores of Quincy were burned down. The Red Men and Knights of Pythias lodges, which held their meetings in the upper floors of two of these buildings, lost everything. Three of the buildings destroyed were two stories tall.[9] This and the burning of the Quincy school on February 2, 1953 signaled the end of the town. The population has ranged between 200 and 300 since the Civil War.

The Quincy Picnic[edit]

A historical marker placed at the site where the picnic was held says it started in 1870 and ended in 1972. It appears the first picnic at Quincy was held in 1870 as a joint venture of the Baptist and Methodist congregations of the town. Two hundred people turned out.

By the dawn of the 20th century, the Quincy Picnic was said to be one of the largest events of its kind in the state, if not the entire Midwest. Newspaper articles of the time touted crowd estimates that at this point in time seem astounding: 1914: 10,000[10] 1935: 13,000[11]

Notable person[edit]


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ DeLorme. Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer. 3rd ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 44. ISBN 0-89933-319-2.
  3. ^ Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report, Geographic Names Information System, 1979-02-14. Accessed 2008-06-01.
  4. ^ Zip Code Lookup Archived June 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ 1897 in rail transport
  6. ^ Blanchard, Charles (1884). Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey & Company. p. 797. 
  7. ^ "Platt of Quincy" June 7, 1853
  8. ^ Owen County Journal November 6, 1873
  9. ^ The Owen Leader, May 14, 1930
  10. ^ The Owen County Democrat, August 20, 1914
  11. ^ The Owen Leader – August 15, 1935