- Seymour, Indiana
official_name = City of Seymour
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in the state of
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Jackson
leader_name = Craig A. Luedeman (R)
area_magnitude = 1 E7
area_total_km2 = 28.1
area_total_sq_mi = 10.8
area_land_km2 = 28.1
area_land_sq_mi = 10.8
area_water_km2 = 0
area_water_sq_mi = 0
area_water_percent = 0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 18101
population_density_km2 = 644.7
population_density_sq_mi = 1670.3
timezone = EST
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
latd = 38 |latm = 57 |lats = 23 |latNS = N
longd = 85 |longm = 53 |longs = 24 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 184
elevation_ft = 604
postal_code = 47274
area_code = 812
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 18-68832GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0443233GR|3
footnotes = Seymour is a city in Jackson County,
Indiana, United States. The population was 18,101 at the 2000 census. Seymour is called the "Crossroads of America" because the North/South and East/West railroads cross in downtown.
The North/South line, the
Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, was built in the 1840s connecting Indianapolis to the Ohio River at Jeffersonville. It ran through the Shields farm at the area that is now Seymour.
In 1852 when the East/West railroad, the
Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, was going to be built, Capt. Meedy Shieldswho was the cousin of General John Tiptontalked the surveyor, John Seymour, into putting it through his land. In return he named the town Seymour. All trains had to stop at a crossroad, making Seymour a bustling community.
Seymour is the birthplace of singer
John Mellencampand Robert Shields (diarist)whose personal diary earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Robert William Shields was a distant cousin of Seymour founder Meedy Shields.
Seymour is located at coor dms|38|57|23|N|85|53|24|W|city (38.956350, -85.890068)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.8 square miles(28.1 km*), all land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 18,101 people, 7,231 households, and 4,743 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,670.3 people per square mile (644.7/km²). There were 7,709 housing units at an average density of 711.4/sq mi (274.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.40% White, 1.02% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.93% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.85% of the population.
There were 7,231 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.4% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,883, and the median income for a family was $43,357. Males had a median income of $30,638 versus $22,265 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $18,222. About 8.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.
*The TribuneWJAA 96.3
* [http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/in/jackson/directories/business/1868/seymour318gms.txt 1868 Seymour Businesses and Owners per Chandler & Co.]
Blish Milling Company(aka Blish Mill or Blish Flour) Involved in a 1916 SCOTUSdecision setting a Precedent. Sales Manager and Secretary Elbridge Blish Thompson who was a Hanover Collegeand Yale UniversityAlumni lost his life in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
Seymour was the site of the World's First Train Robbery, committed by the local
Reno Gang, on October 6th, 1866 just east of town. Vigilantes from the town hunted down and eventually hung all but one of the Reno brothers in the gang.
Freeman Field Mutinyoccurred in 1945, in which African-Americanmembers of the 477th Bombardment Group attempted to integrate an all-white officers' club at Freeman Army Air Corps Base. The mutiny later led to the integration of United States Military.
Annual Events of Note
Victory over Japan DayParade
Nearby Points of Interest
Muscatatuk National Wildlife Preserve[http://midwest.fws.gov/Muscatatuck/ Muscatatuck National Wildlife Preserve]
Brown County, Indiana
* [http://www.soinart.com/ Southern Indiana Center for the Arts (including gallery of John Mellencamp oil paintings)]
* [http://www.seymourcity.com/ Seymour City Website]
* [http://www.seymour.org/ Seymour Community Network]
* [http://www.japl.lib.in.us/ Jackson County Public Library]
* [http://www.tribtown.com/ The Tribune (local newspaper)]
* [http://www.thebanner.com/ The Banner (local newspaper)]
* [http://www.jacksonredcross.org/ Jackson County Red Cross]
* [http://www.seymourtimes.com/ Seymour Times(local alternative weekly)]
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