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Fowler, Indiana
Fowler's police department, town hall and public library
Fowler's police department, town hall and public library
Location of Fowler in Benton County, Indiana.
Location of Fowler in Benton County, Indiana.
Map of Fowler
Map of Fowler
Fowler, Indiana is located in Benton County, Indiana
Fowler, Indiana
Fowler, Indiana
Location in Benton County, Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Benton
Township Center
Area
 • Total 1.42 sq mi (3.67 km2)
 • Land 1.41 sq mi (3.66 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
823 ft (251 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,337
 • Density 1,655.10/sq mi (638.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
47944, 47984, 47986
Area code(s) 765
FIPS code 18-25180
GNIS feature ID 0434729
Website www.townoffowler.com

Fowler is a town in Center Township, Benton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,317 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Fowler was platted by Moses Fowler and his wife on October 26, 1872, and originally consisted of 583 lots, though a re-platting on April 8, 1875, expanded it to 1,602 lots and 20 blocks. Several more additions were made to the town over subsequent years.

The town's first home was erected in March 1871 by Scott Shipman, and its first business opened in June of that year, a small general store run by Henry D. Clark. Many more businesses followed over the next few years, including the Henry Jacobs & Son grocery, grain elevators built by L. Templeton, and blacksmith John E. Mitchell, who was also the town's first postmaster (succeeded by grocer Henry Jacobs). In 1874, Fowler became the county seat, which until that time had occupied nearby Oxford.

Fowler time capsule
Time capsule near the courthouse

The town was incorporated in 1875, and its rapid growth is clear from the following list, printed in an 1883 history of Benton County:

"In September, 1875, the town of Fowler contained ten lawyers, one minister, three doctors, one dentist, one baker, two barber shops, three billiard saloons, two blacksmith shops, one wagon shop, three boot and shoe stores, one grain elevator, two dry goods stores, twenty carpenters, one furniture store, two stove and tin stores, one hardware store, one hotel, three restaurants, two drug stores, three millinery establishments, two saloons, two livery stables, three retail groceries, one clothing store, one merchant tailor, one graded school, two printing offices, two lumber yards, two churches and about 1,200 inhabitants."

Fowler is home to the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm.

The Benton County Courthouse, Fowler Theatre, and Fraser & Isham Law Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Fowler is located at 40°37′6″N 87°19′9″W / 40.61833°N 87.31917°W / 40.61833; -87.31917 (40.618204, -87.319124), in Center Township. U.S. Route 52 and State Roads 18 and 55 pass through town, and U.S. Route 41 intersects 52 four miles to the northwest.

According to the 2010 census, Fowler has a total area of 1.41 square miles (3.65 km2), of which 1.4 square miles (3.63 km2) (or 99.29%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.71%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 967
1890 1,285 32.9%
1900 1,429 11.2%
1910 1,491 4.3%
1920 1,442 −3.3%
1930 1,564 8.5%
1940 1,903 21.7%
1950 2,117 11.2%
1960 2,491 17.7%
1970 2,643 6.1%
1980 2,319 −12.3%
1990 2,333 0.6%
2000 2,415 3.5%
2010 2,317 −4.1%
2020 2,337 0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,317 people, 935 households, and 593 families living in the town. The population density was 1,655.0 inhabitants per square mile (639.0/km2). There were 1,062 housing units at an average density of 758.6 per square mile (292.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

There were 935 households, of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the town was 41.8 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 20% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Education

The town has a lending library, the Benton County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Otis Johnson, baseball player
  • Robert Keith, actor
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