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Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, with railroad and canal in the foreground
Metamora, with railroad and canal in the foreground
Location of Metamora in Franklin County, Indiana.
Location of Metamora in Franklin County, Indiana.
Metamora, Indiana is located in Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Metamora, Indiana
Location in Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Franklin
Township Metamora
 • Total 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Land 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
718 ft (219 m)
 • Total 207
 • Density 616.07/sq mi (238.01/km2)
ZIP code
FIPS code 18-48563
GNIS feature ID 439045

Metamora is an unincorporated town and census-designated place in Metamora Township, Franklin County, Indiana. The town was once a stop along the Whitewater Canal and is now primarily dependent on tourism. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 188.

Metamora, Indiana
Photo from Small Town Indiana photo survey.


Metamora is located at 39°26′59″N 85°08′22″W / 39.44972°N 85.13944°W / 39.44972; -85.13944, in the valley of the Whitewater River in southeastern Indiana. It is situated on U.S. Route 52, 49 miles (79 km) northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio, and 62 miles (100 km) southeast of Indianapolis.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), all land.


Metamora was platted in 1838. The community derives its name from the play Metamora; or, The Last of the Wampanoags by John Augustus Stone.

The Whitewater Canal only carried boats from 1839 to 1865, but the canal was maintained to supply hydraulic power until 1936. The canal was the center of industrial districts in Metamora and Brookville, 8 miles (13 km) to the east. At one time there were water powered mills for processing cotton, grinding flour and making paper. Metamora is the location of Indiana's oldest and still operating water-powered grist mill. The state of Indiana provides canal boat rides pulled by horses, through the only existing wooden aqueduct in the United States (the Duck Creek Aqueduct), with a historical review of the canal history which fueled the southeastern Indiana economy until its displacement by the railroad. The town's canal, when seen from U.S. Route 52, shimmers a distinct white.

The Metamora Historic District and Whitewater Canal Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2020 207
U.S. Decennial Census

Notable person

  • Tom Alley, Indy car driver
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