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Country United States
State Indiana
County Clay
Township Cass
696 ft (212 m)
Time zone UTC-5.0 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4.0 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 765 and 812
GNIS feature ID 441396

Poland is an unincorporated community in eastern Cass Township, Clay County, Indiana, United States. It lies along State Road 42 southeast of the city of Brazil, the county seat of Clay County. Its elevation is 696 feet (212 m). Although Poland is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 47868.

The zip code of 47868 has segments in three counties (Clay, Owen, and Putnam). Poland, Indiana is also in Owen County.

The 47868 ZIP Code is centered in Owen County at latitude 39.451 and longitude -86.975. It is a standard type ZIP Code. Owen County is in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours) and observes daylight saving time.

ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) 47868 has a land area of 58.11 sq. miles and a water area of 1.64 sq. miles for Census 2000.

Demographic Profile

The zip cose 47868 is a rural community with 3,111 people as of the 2000 census, 47.6 persons per square mile.

2000 census

The community is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The first blacksmith shop in Poland, Indiana was owned by James A Poland, the year was 1839.In 1841 J.B. Nees conceived the idea of starting a town and with conversing with the 3 other land owners all agreed to set aside land, and Poland was born.

The Poland post office was established in 1846.


In 2008, Poland was thrust into the limelight as the birthplace of a modern-day Noah's ark. Tom West, 71, and his wife of 52 years, Marsha, started building a 57-foot (17 m) long, 33-ton stainless steel sailboat on an old tennis court next to his house. "I know I'm not nuts but it's a big undertaking," West has been quoted as saying. Tom is a former tennis coach and farmer with several college degrees, including one in astrophysics. The interior of the boat is 6.5 feet (2.0 m) tall, and about 600 square feet (56 m2), or about the size of a small apartment. West plans to build a full kitchen, sleeping quarters for 12 people, two bathrooms, a lounge and a navigation center. West has built the boat especially to resist attack by pirates. There are steel doors with locking mechanisms to assure protection. After completion, Tom and Marsha plan to launch the boat in Kentucky Lake, then take the Tombigbee waterway to the Gulf of Mexico, then on to see the world.

Owen County Government

Owen County Government Owen County was established by an act of the Indiana Legislature, 1818-1819, but was being settled as early as 1816. Indiana became a state in 1816, and was settled from the bottom up by land-hungry, adamantly independent Scotch-Irish, German and English folk with Appalachian frontier roots, including veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Comrades of Kentuckian Abraham Owen, who dies in the Battle of Tippecanoe, named the county in his honor.


The Long House Lodge is a 9,000 square foot facility that opens up to a 50-acre private lake through a large, inviting porch. The lodge includes a large kitchen, dance floor, game room with a pool table, ping pong and fooseball. Outside the lodge is a large meadow that can be used for outdoor activities, and a large dock on the lake that could be used for a ceremony.

Cagle Mills Lake In 1952, Cagles Mill Lake was built as Indiana’s first flood control reservoir, protecting the Eel and White river watersheds. Mill Creek feeds the 1,400-acre lake and is home to beautiful Cataract Falls. These falls resulted from two pre-glacial bedrock ridges buried beneath ancient lake sediments of the Illinoisan glacial period.

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