Templeton, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Animals along Ann Street.
Animals along Ann Street.
Benton County's location in Indiana
Benton County's location in Indiana
Templeton is located in Benton County, Indiana
Freeland Park's location in Benton County
Coordinates: 40°30′46″N 87°12′27″W / 40.51278°N 87.20750°W / 40.51278; -87.20750Coordinates: 40°30′46″N 87°12′27″W / 40.51278°N 87.20750°W / 40.51278; -87.20750
Country United States
State Indiana
County Benton
Township Bolivar
Elevation[1] 699 ft (213 m)
Population (2006)
 • Total 100
ZIP code 47970
GNIS feature ID 444630

Templeton is an unincorporated community in Bolivar Township, Benton County, Indiana. It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Templeton was laid out by Col. William J. Templeton and his wife Melissa on December 23, 1873, and contained 225 lots. Two railways, the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis (the "Big Four") and the Lafayette, Muncie and Bloomington (the "Nickel Plate"), intersected at the site. Its first building was a shanty occupied by John Cosgrove, and was soon followed by the dwellings of Col. Templeton and others. The town gained it first grain elevator in 1874 and a tile factory in 1881 which operated two large, steam-powered kilns. By 1883 the town's businesses included David Lanham & Co. and Finch & Son (both purveyors of dry goods and groceries), Joseph Dehart's notions and butcher shop, John Rosa's grocery, Dr. C. W. Fall (physician and pharmacist), Jasper Bristow (physician) and the Railroad House.[2]

Templeton's population numbered around 150 in the 1920s, at which time it also had a grain elevator, grade school and three or four stores.[3]


Templeton is located at 40°30′46″N 87°12′27″W / 40.51278°N 87.20750°W / 40.51278; -87.20750 in Bolivar Township. It is surrounded by open farmland, with Big Pine Creek less than a mile to the southeast. U.S. Route 52 passes along the town's northeast side, and the Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad, which comes in from the east, splits into two lines that head west and northwest.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Mossman, Ed (1883). "History of Benton County: Past Events -- Present Condition". Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co. 
  3. ^ Birch, Jesse Setlington (1942) [1928]. "Unincorporated community s of the County". History of Benton County and Historic Oxford. Oxford, Indiana: Craw & Craw. pp. 200–201.