Steele Township, Daviess County, Indiana

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Steele Township
Location of Steele Township in Daviess County
Location of Steele Township in Daviess County
Coordinates: 38°46′27″N 87°11′05″W / 38.77417°N 87.18472°W / 38.77417; -87.18472Coordinates: 38°46′27″N 87°11′05″W / 38.77417°N 87.18472°W / 38.77417; -87.18472
Country United States
State Indiana
County Daviess
 • Type Indiana township
 • Total 43.39 sq mi (112.4 km2)
 • Land 42.76 sq mi (110.7 km2)
 • Water 0.63 sq mi (1.6 km2)
Elevation[1] 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 903
 • Density 21.1/sq mi (8.1/km2)
FIPS code 18-72890[2]
GNIS feature ID 453871

Steele Township is one of ten townships in Daviess County, Indiana. As of the 2010 census, its population was 903 and it contained 399 housing units.[3]


Steele Township was organized in 1835 out of what had been northern Washington Township. It was settled later than most other Daviess County townships—the earliest settlers in the county were primarily hillfolk from Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Carolinas; they were unfamiliar with the bottomland prevalent in the township, and folklore of the day held that malaria was far more prevalent in lowlands. The first settlement was made around 1820; in the township's earliest years, it was isolated by poor transportation, but the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal led to an economic boom for a short time, before the canal was abandoned.[4]


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 43.39 square miles (112.4 km2), of which 42.76 square miles (110.7 km2) (or 98.55%) is land and 0.63 square miles (1.6 km2) (or 1.45%) is water.[3] Melton Pond is in this township.

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The township contains one cemetery, Plainville.


  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. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  4. ^ Fulkerson, A.O., ed. History of Daviess County Indiana: Its People, Industries, and Institutions. Bowen: Indianapolis, 1915, 278–279.

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