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"Hollywood of the Midwest"
"A City Like No Other!"
Location of Huntingburg in Dubois County, Indiana.
|• Total||5.27 sq mi (13.64 km2)|
|• Land||5.05 sq mi (13.09 km2)|
|• Water||0.21 sq mi (0.55 km2)|
|Elevation||489 ft (149 m)|
|• Density||1,258.80/sq mi (486.05/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||812, 930|
|GNIS feature ID||436632|
Huntingburg is a city in Patoka Township, Dubois County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 6,362 at the 2020 census, just less than half the size of a neighboring city in Dubois County, Jasper.
Located in southwestern Indiana, the city is known for its downtown with numerous antique shops. It is part of the Jasper Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city is also known as the "Hollywood of the Midwest." The movies A League of Their Own (1992), Hard Rain (1998), and the HBO film Soul of the Game (1996) were filmed in Huntingburg. Columbia Pictures renovated the grandstand at League Stadium that was to become part of the set for A League of Their Own.
League Stadium was home to the Dubois County Dragons who played in the Heartland League (1996–1998) and the Frontier League (1999–2002). From 1996 to 2001, Huntingburg was the smallest city to host a professional baseball team. After the Dragons franchise moved, Jeff Martindale League Stadium stood empty in the summers until the Bluff City Bombers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League moved to Huntingburg in 2005 and were renamed the Dubois County Bombers. The CICL then merged with the Prospect League. As the Prospect League has a larger geographical footprint, the Bombers moved to the Ohio Valley League as of the 2013 season.
Huntingburg was platted in 1837 by Colonel Jacob Geiger who purchased 1,920 acres (7.8 km2) of land and became one of the city's first permanent settlers. It was likely so named because the site had been a popular hunting ground. Huntingburg was incorporated as a town in 1866.
The Huntingburg Commercial Historic District and Huntingburg Town Hall and Fire Engine House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Huntingburg post office has been in operation since 1842.
Huntingburg is located at(38.296853, -86.954344).
According to the 2010 census, Huntingburg has a total area of 5.273 square miles (13.66 km2), of which 5.06 square miles (13.11 km2) (or 95.96%) is land and 0.213 square miles (0.55 km2) (or 4.04%) is water.
|Source: US Census Bureau|
As of the census of 2020, there were 6,362 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 79.4% White, 6.2% Black or African American, 0.7% American Indiana and Alaska Native, 2.5% Asian, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic and Latino of any race were 28.6% of the population.
Regarding age, persons under 5 years were 7.1% of the population, persons under 18 years were 31.1%, and persons 65 years and over were 15.3%. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.
Persons in poverty were 15.2% of the population.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,057 people, 2,334 households, and 1,554 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,197.0 inhabitants per square mile (462.2/km2). There were 2,492 housing units at an average density of 492.5 per square mile (190.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 9.9% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.5% of the population.
There were 2,334 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.4% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.11.
The median age in the city was 35.1 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.
Southwest Dubois County School Corporation
In 1972, the school system of Holland, a town west of Huntingburg along State Road 161, was consolidated into that of Huntingburg, resulting in the formation of Southwest Dubois County School Corporation, which includes the following schools:
- Southridge High School
- Southridge Middle School
- Huntingburg Elementary School
- Holland Elementary School
The town has a free lending library, the Huntingburg Public Library.
- Tim Barrett, Major and minor league baseball player
- Ray Blemker, Major and minor league baseball player; Georgia Tech baseball and basketball star, All-SEC
- Don Buse, ABA Champion (1973) and NBA player; NCAA Champion (1971)
- Bob Coleman, Major League Baseball player and minor league manager
- Alex Graman, Major League Baseball pitcher for New York Yankees; Japan League pitcher for Saitama Seibu Lions; Japan Series Champion (2008), Asia Series Champion (2008)
- Bill Menke, basketball player for 1940 national champion Indiana Hoosiers
- Benjamin F. Miessner, engineer and inventor
- W. Otto Miessner, composer and music teacher
- Gordon St. Angelo, former Indiana Democratic Party chairman
- Mitch Stetter, pitcher for Milwaukee Brewers for five years; coach in Kansas City Royals organization
- Colson Montgomery, professional baseball shortstop in the Chicago White Sox organization
- John L. Bretz, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 2nd district
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