Talma, Indiana

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Talma
Unincorporated community
Talma is located in Indiana
Talma
Talma
Coordinates: 41°09′14″N 86°08′06″W / 41.15389°N 86.13500°W / 41.15389; -86.13500Coordinates: 41°09′14″N 86°08′06″W / 41.15389°N 86.13500°W / 41.15389; -86.13500
Country United States
State Indiana
County Fulton
Township Newcastle
Bloomingsburg (later changed to Talma) June 13, 1851 (name changed on January 15, 1896)
Founded by Asa Coplen
Named for A word in a crossword puzzle
Elevation[1] 774 ft (236 m)
Time zone Eastern
ZIP code 46975
Area code(s) 574
FIPS code 18-74870[2]
GNIS feature ID 444555

Talma is an unincorporated community in Newcastle Township, Fulton County, Indiana.

Geography and history[edit]

Talma is located at 41°09′14″N 86°08′06″W / 41.15389°N 86.13500°W / 41.15389; -86.13500 where Redinger Ditch meets the Tippecanoe River. Indiana State Road 25 passes northeast through Talma, which is located about halfway between Rochester and Mentone.

The town was founded by Asa Coplen on June 13, 1851, and was named "Bloomingsburg". A petition was later filed to change the name because the United States Post Office wanted a shorter name for it. A local contest was held, and William Roundtree Kubley found the winning entry, Talma, in a crossword puzzle.

Talma was severely damaged by a tornado on April 3rd, 1974. This shut down the high school that was slated to be consolidated into Tippecanoe Valley High School later that year.

Economy[edit]

Talma is home to Talma Fasteners, a manufacturer of screws and bolts and is certified by ISO 9001: 2000. There is also Amish-run Ramer's Hardwood Furniture and Sunnybrook Greenhouses. Most residents work in Rochester, Argos, or Mentone.

References[edit]

  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. 

Fulton County Historical Society