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Fremont, Indiana
Downtown Fremont
Downtown Fremont
"A Place To Go home To"
Location of Fremont in Steuben County, Indiana.
Location of Fremont in Steuben County, Indiana.
Country United States
State Indiana
County Steuben
Township Fremont
 • Total 3.12 sq mi (8.08 km2)
 • Land 3.11 sq mi (8.05 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,056 ft (322 m)
 • Total 2,034
 • Density 654.44/sq mi (252.70/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 260
FIPS code 18-25882
GNIS feature ID 434824

Fremont is a town in Fremont Township, Steuben County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,138 at the 2010 census.


Fremont was first settled in 1834 under the name Willow Prairie. It became the Village of Brockville when it was platted in 1837. In 1848, it was renamed to honor John C. Frémont, "the Great Pathfinder", in part because there was already a Brockville in Indiana.

A post office was established under the name Brockville in 1837, and was renamed to Fremont in 1848. The post office is currently in operation.

In 1914, the first hospital in Steuben County was opened in Fremont by Dr. Wade.


Fremont is located at 41°43′52″N 84°55′57″W / 41.73111°N 84.93250°W / 41.73111; -84.93250, four miles east of the interchange between Interstate 69 and the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90) on State Road 120.

According to the 2010 census, Fremont has a total area of 2.22 square miles (5.75 km2), of which 2.21 square miles (5.72 km2) (or 99.55%) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.45%) is water.

As an oddity, someone traveling due east from Fremont crosses into Michigan—not into Ohio. This is due to the early 19th century Ohio-Michigan boundary dispute over Toledo (q.v. Toledo War for details).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 392
1880 632 61.2%
1890 672 6.3%
1900 709 5.5%
1910 694 −2.1%
1920 729 5.0%
1930 802 10.0%
1940 855 6.6%
1950 947 10.8%
1960 937 −1.1%
1970 1,043 11.3%
1980 1,180 13.1%
1990 1,407 19.2%
2000 1,696 20.5%
2010 2,138 26.1%
2020 2,034 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
Erastus Farnham House, Fremont IN
The Erastus Farnham House, just south of Fremont, on State Road 827. Built c. 1849, it is reported to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,138 people, 815 households, and 561 families living in the town. The population density was 963.1 inhabitants per square mile (371.9/km2). There were 878 housing units at an average density of 395.5 per square mile (152.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.6% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 815 households, of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.2% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the town was 33.1 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 10.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

Sites of interest

The following are National Register of Historic Places sites in or near Fremont:

  • The Enos Michael House, 200 E. Toledo St, built c. 1850.
  • The William L. Lords House, Clear Lake Rd., built c. 1848.
  • Pokagon State Park, four miles west of Fremont, is known for recreational activities such as swimming in Lake James, camping and tobogganing in the winter months. In addition to the park itself, the Combination Shelter (known locally as the CCC Shelter) at the park is also on the Register.

Fremont and the surrounding area enjoys several facilities and activities throughout the year:

  • Fremont hosts their annual Music Fest each July, which features a parade, live music, games and vendors. In 2011, the event will feature the Second Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament.
  • City Park hosts a farmers' market on Saturday mornings during the summer months.
  • Pokagon State Park sponsors a deer hunt in the autumn of most years to help control the population.
  • Vistula Park is home to Fremont's little league baseball and softball diamonds. It also has basketball hoops, a pavilion and over a mile of paved walking trails in its woods.
  • On Lake George, a former hotel and now a restaurant, the Lake George Retreat, serves a variety of cuisine in a historic setting.
  • The Fremont Public Library, with over 51,000 titles, opened in 2003 and is one of the premier libraries in the region.

Downtown Revitalization

In December 2010, Fremont was awarded $500,000 from the State of Indiana for its downtown revitalization project. According to the Town of Fremont website, the plan included improvements for pedestrian traffic, new street lighting and signage options, and reverse angle parking along Toledo Street for two blocks between Tolford and Pleasant Streets. Construction began in September 2011 and was finished roughly 90 days later.


Fremont Community Schools oversees three schools in its district: Fremont High School, Fremont Middle School and Fremont Elementary School. Enrollment in each building ranges between 350 and 400 students annually. Several extracurricular athletic programs are available at the middle and high school levels, including football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, cross country, track and golf. FHS also fields teams for tennis, baseball and softball.

According to the State of Indiana Department of Education, Fremont Community Schools has been awarded an "A" grade designation for their Exemplary Student Performance for the 2011-2012 School Year.

The town has a lending library, the Fremont Public Library. The library offers a variety of programming for its patrons, including book clubs, classic movie nights, weekly yoga sessions, story time with snacks and crafts, and a new book coffee hour for sharing and discussing the library's newest acquisitions. It also has a local history room.

Fremont Public Library
A photo of the Fremont Public Library
Mantis sculpture
A photo of one of several sculptures created by local artists and installed at FPL.

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