Wawpecong, Indiana

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Wawpecong, Indiana
Unincorporated community

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Former Shell gas station on State Road 18
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Coordinates: 40°34′42″N86°02′32″W / 40.57833°N 86.04222°W / 40.57833; -86.04222 Coordinates: 40°34′42″N86°02′32″W / 40.57833°N 86.04222°W / 40.57833; -86.04222
Country United States
State Indiana
County Miami
Township Clay
Elevation [1] 856 ft (261 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46901
FIPS code 18-81584 [2]
GNIS feature ID 445571

Wawpecong is an unincorporated community in Clay Township, Miami County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. [3]

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

Clay Township, Miami County, Indiana Township in Indiana, United States

Clay Township is one of fourteen townships in Miami County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 844 and it contained 373 housing units.

Miami County, Indiana County in the United States

Miami County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 36,903. The county seat is the City of Peru.

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History

Wawpecong (historically spelled Waupecong) was platted in 1849. [4] Wawpecong is a name derived from the Miami-Illinois language meaning "shell-bark hickories". [5] A post office was established at Wawpecong in 1849, and remained in operation until 1907. [6]

Plat scale map showing the divisions of a piece of land

In the United States, a plat is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land. United States General Land Office surveyors drafted township plats of Public Lands Surveys to show the distance and bearing between section corners, sometimes including topographic or vegetation information. City, town or village plats show subdivisions into blocks with streets and alleys. Further refinement often splits blocks into individual lots, usually for the purpose of selling the described lots; this has become known as subdivision.

Miami-Illinois is an indigenous Algonquian language formerly spoken in the United States, primarily in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, western Ohio and adjacent areas along the Mississippi River by the Miami and Wea as well as the tribes of the Illinois Confederation, including the Kaskaskia, Peoria, Tamaroa, and Mitchigamea.

Geography

Wawpecong is located at 40°34′42″N86°02′32″W / 40.57833°N 86.04222°W / 40.57833; -86.04222 .

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References

  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. "Wawpecong, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  4. Bodurtha, Arthur Lawrence (1914). History of Miami County, Indiana: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests. Lewis Pub. p. 202.
  5. Bright, William (2004). Native American Placenames of the United States. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 558. ISBN   978-0-8061-3598-4.
  6. "Miami County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 22 August 2015.