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Upton, Indiana
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Indiana
County Posey
Township Black
Elevation 377 ft (115 m)
ZIP code 47620
Area code(s) 812, 930
GNIS feature ID 445176

Upton is an unincorporated community in western Black Township, Posey County, Indiana, United States. It is located about 5 miles northwest of the city of Mt. Vernon, the county seat of Posey County. Its elevation is 377 feet (146 m).

History

Upton contained a post office between 1878 and 1904. The community was named for a settler who lived near the train depot.

Train wreck of 1905

Five persons were killed including an engineer and eight others injured in a head-on crash between two freight trains on the former L & N railroad just outside the settlement of Upton on July 15, 1905. According to reports, a train dispatcher mistook the number of each train and after realizing that an error was made, contacted the operator via telephone in Upton to warn of the mistake. A hastily summoned group attempted to flag each train, unfortunately before they could reach the tracks, the collision had already occurred.


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