West Point, Indiana

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West Point
Unincorporated community
Looking east along Jefferson Street
Looking east along Jefferson Street
Tippecanoe County's location in Indiana
Tippecanoe County's location in Indiana
West Point is located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana
West Point
West Point
Location in Tippecanoe County
Coordinates: 40°20′42″N 87°2′35″W / 40.34500°N 87.04306°W / 40.34500; -87.04306Coordinates: 40°20′42″N 87°2′35″W / 40.34500°N 87.04306°W / 40.34500; -87.04306
Country United States
State Indiana
County Tippecanoe
Township Wayne
Area
 • Total 53.6 sq mi (138.8 km2)
 • Land 53.5 sq mi (138.6 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 673 ft (205 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 594
 • Density 6.9/sq mi (2.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 0445856

West Point is an unincorporated community in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area. It had a population of 594 at the 2010 census. There is continuous confusion regarding the name of the town, with Westpoint being commonly used (though the United States Postal Service recognizes Westpoint as the official designation for their office).[1] Most residents generally observe the name as being two separate words "West Point."

Geography[edit]

West Point in 1878.

West Point is located at 40°20′42″N 87°2′35″W / 40.34500°N 87.04306°W / 40.34500; -87.04306 (40.345036, -87.043066) along State Road 25 at an elevation of approximately 673 feet. The town is in Wayne Township and sits about a quarter of a mile north of Flint Creek which flows west to the Wabash River.

A village named Glen Hall existed on the north side of West Point in the 19th century; though still populated, the site is now generally considered part of West Point. Additionally, residents of the former town of Granville are listed using West Point addresses.

History[edit]

The town itself was originally platted 1833 by Samuel Kiser.[2] Originally named Middleton, residents eventually changed the name of the town to West Point.[3]

Economy[edit]

Most residents of West Point are employed outside of the main portion of the town with agriculture and businesses in Lafayette and West Lafayette. There are a number of equestrian centers and horse barns with close ties to the town. There are three restaurants, including the West Point Steakhouse, West Point Bar, and The Pour House (a coffee shop). Martin's Body and Paint is an automotive repair shop located in the town. Cheesman Inc is a construction and contracting located centrally within West Point.

Religion[edit]

West Point is home currently to one church, West Point United Methodist. There previously was an additional church, but this was closed and converted to an antiques shop in the early 2010s.

There are several cemeteries and gravesites within the area, the West Point Cemetery being the only one mainly located within the town itself.

Community[edit]

West Point has a growing level of community involvement, which primarily revolves around the recently renovated West Point Park (the former location of West Point High School, now demolished) and the West Point Volunteer Fire Department. Each year, the West Point Park hosts a charity 5K, and the Volunteer Fire Department puts on a community fish fry to raise funds for equipment.

Education[edit]

West Point residents are served by Tippecanoe School Corporation. Though the town was home at one point to its own high school (home of the West Point Cadets), this school was closed due to consolidation when McCutcheon High School opened in 1972.[4] High school students now report to McCutcheon High School. Elementary and Middle School students report to Mintonye Elementary School and Southwestern Middle School respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USPS.com-Location Details". USPS.com. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ DeHart, R.P. "History of Wayne Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana From: Past and Present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana". Ray's Place. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tippecanoe County Township Histories: Wayne Township". Tippecanoe County INGenWeb. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Indiana High School consolidation database- by county". Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Retrieved 15 February 2015.