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Talma, Indiana
Talma, Indiana is located in Indiana
Talma, Indiana
Talma, Indiana
Location in Indiana
Talma, Indiana is located in the United States
Talma, Indiana
Talma, Indiana
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Indiana
County Fulton
Township Newcastle
Bloomingsburg (later changed to Talma) June 13, 1851 (name changed on January 15, 1896)
Founded by Asa Coplen
Named for A word in a crossword puzzle
774 ft (236 m)
Time zone Eastern
ZIP code
Area code(s) 574
FIPS code 18-74870
GNIS feature ID 444555

Talma is an unincorporated community in Newcastle Township, Fulton County, Indiana.

Geography and history

Talma is located at 41°09′14″N 86°08′06″W / 41.15389°N 86.13500°W / 41.15389; -86.13500 where Redinger Ditch meets the Tippecanoe River. Indiana State Road 25 passes northeast through Talma, which is located about halfway between Rochester and Mentone.

The town was founded by Asa Coplen on June 13, 1851, and was named "Bloomingsburg". A petition was later filed to change the name because the United States Post Office wanted a shorter name for it. A local contest was held, and William Roundtree Kubley found the winning entry, Talma, in a crossword puzzle.

Talma was severely damaged by a tornado on April 3, 1974. This shut down the high school that was slated to be consolidated into Tippecanoe Valley High School later that year.


Talma was home to Talma Fasteners, a manufacturer of screws and bolts and was certified by ISO 9001: 2000. The plant closed in 2014. There is also Mennonite-run Ramer's Hardwood Furniture, Sunnybrook Greenhouses, Snipes Farms, HH Diesel and OBS creative services. Most residents work in Rochester, Argos, or Mentone.

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