Wheeling, Gibson County, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
Wheeling Bridge
Wheeling Bridge
Wheeling  (Kirkville) is located in Indiana
Wheeling  (Kirkville)
Coordinates: 38°24′47″N 87°27′19″W / 38.41306°N 87.45528°W / 38.41306; -87.45528
Country United States
State Indiana
County Gibson
Township Washington
Elevation 461 ft (141 m)
ZIP code 47649
Area code(s) 812

Wheeling is an unincorporated community in Washington Township, Gibson County, Indiana, United States. The community contains a historic covered bridge over the Patoka River, the Wheeling Bridge, completed in 1877.[1]


Wheeling was originally named Kirksville, and under the latter name was platted in 1856.[2] It was once a thriving agricultural community on the banks of the Patoka River until the railroad bypassed the community and it lost business to nearby towns.[3]

The village of Wheeling was platted July 4, 1856. It was first called Kirksville, sometimes spelled Kirkville. It may have been named for Robert Kirk, an early judge. Locally it was also called Bovine. A Post Office called Bovine was established on April 4, 1854 but closed July 14, 1902.[4]


  1. ^ "Covered bridges of Gibson County". County of Gibson, IN. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 346. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. This village was platted on July 4, 1856, and first called Kirksville... 
  3. ^ History of Gibson County, Indiana: With Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Jas. T. Tartt & Co. 1884. p. 203. 
  4. ^ http://www.pdclarion.com/community/community_news_events/history-of-gibson-county/article_c4d65b2a-7035-50a9-a284-b693e33be1e3.html

Coordinates: 38°24′47″N 87°27′19″W / 38.41306°N 87.45528°W / 38.41306; -87.45528