Montgomery Township, Gibson County, Indiana


Montgomery Township, Gibson County, Indiana
Montgomery Township
Gibson County
—  Township  —
Location of Montgomery Township in Gibson County
Coordinates: 38°17′15″N 87°43′46″W / 38.2875°N 87.72944°W / 38.2875; -87.72944Coordinates: 38°17′15″N 87°43′46″W / 38.2875°N 87.72944°W / 38.2875; -87.72944
Country United States
State Indiana
County Gibson
Township Seat Owensville
School District South Gibson School Corporation
Named for Thomas Montgomery
Government
 - Type Indiana township
 - Trustee DeWayne Wade
AreaLargest Township in Gibson County
 - Total 97.19 sq mi (251.73 km2)
 - Land 91.63 sq mi (237.33 km2)
 - Water 5.56 sq mi (14.39 km2)
Elevation[1] 440 (AVG) ft (134 (AVG) m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,698
 - Density 40.36/sq mi (15.58/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 47665
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-50706[2]
GNIS feature ID 453649
Largest Township in area in Gibson County.
Encompasses slightly less than 1/5 of county's total area.

Montgomery Township is the largest (in area) of the ten townships in Gibson County, Indiana as well as one of the largest townships by area in Southwestern Indiana. As of the 2000 census, its population was 3,698, with a 2005 population estimate of 4,479. Owensville is the seat. Montgomery Township is served by the South Gibson School Corporation. Gibson Generating Station and Gibson Lake are located at the northern end of Montgomery Township.

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Geography

Montgomery Township covers an area of 97.19 square miles (251.7 km2); of this, 5.56 square miles (14.4 km2) or 5.72 percent is water. Lakes in this township include Broad Pond(Gibson Lake), Burnett's Pond and Mauck's Pond. The Wabash River borders the Northwest township line.

History

"Purty Old Tom" is noted by historian Gil R. Stormont[3] as the namesake for the township, one of the original six created by the commissioners of the newly formed county (1813). Thomas "Purty Old Tom" Montgomery came to southern Knox County in 1805 and marked an oak tree near a spring. Something delayed his return with family to claim that land, so he ended up settling on the west bank of Black River near the present site of Owensville. He is mentioned on the Gibson County and Montgomery County, Kentucky page. He was one of seven sons of Hugh Montgomery, Sr., of Virginia to fight in the Revolutionary War.[4]

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Cities and towns

Unincorporated towns

(This list is based on USGS data and may include former settlements.)

Adjacent townships and Precincts

Cemeteries

The township contains ten cemeteries: Owensville, Smith, Benson, Clark, Knowles, Mauck, Oak Grove, Old Union, Skelton and Wilson.

Major highways

Education

References

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ History of Gibson County, Indiana, her people, industries and institutions, with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families, by Gil R. Stormont, B.F. Bowen, Indianapolis, 1914
  4. ^ History of Gibson County, Indiana, with illustrations descriptive of its scenery and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, by James T. Tartt & Co., Edwardsville, Ill., 1884

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