Tunnelton, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Alfred H. Guthrie Mansion (1879) in Tunnelton
Alfred H. Guthrie Mansion (1879) in Tunnelton
Tunnelton is located in Indiana
Tunnelton is located in the US
Coordinates: 38°46′07″N 86°20′34″W / 38.76861°N 86.34278°W / 38.76861; -86.34278Coordinates: 38°46′07″N 86°20′34″W / 38.76861°N 86.34278°W / 38.76861; -86.34278
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lawrence
Township Guthrie
Elevation[1] 571 ft (174 m)
ZIP code 47467
FIPS code 18-76742[2]
GNIS feature ID 444956

Tunnelton is an unincorporated community in Guthrie Township, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Tunnelton, Indiana


Tunnelton was platted in 1859. The Methodist Church was platted in 1816 by Thomas Milligan, the first minister in Lawrence County who also served all of Southern Indiana. The first schoolhouse was built in 1881, a large two story frame building. In 1910 a brick school was built housing grade school and high school. In 1929 it was remodeled and later modernized. The Tunnelton, High School had 250 to 300 in attendance. In 1957 a large, new gymnasium was completed. Now the school is abandoned.[3] Its name commemorates local tunnels which had recently been completed on the railroad.[4] The Tunnelton post office opened in 1860 and the first Postmaster from 1860-1881 was Alfred Guthrie who also owned the town's General Store and was an agent of the B&O railroad. The second Postmaster was M.D., "Doc" Guthrie who served from 1881-1885 he was the town's physician. [5] The Tunnelton Massacre occurred February 10, 1882. Sometime during the 1880s the town had a tavern along side the railroad. An old small brick building in town which now is privately owned, was used during the underground railroad.



Tunnelton is located at 38°46′07″N 86°20′34″W / 38.76861°N 86.34278°W / 38.76861; -86.34278.


  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. ^ History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana: Their People, Industries, and Institutions. B.F. Bowen. 1914. p. 45. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 328. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...named for two nearby railroad tunnels, especially for the Big Tunnel, completed in 1857. 
  5. ^ "Lawrence County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  6. ^ http://ww.tmnews.com/stories/1996/09/03/archive.327246.tms