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Statistics & Facts
The Indiana state capital is Indianapolis.
The population of Monroe City is approximately 538 (1990), 545 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 233 (1990), 217 (2010).
The amount of land area in Monroe City is 0.697 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Monroe City to Washington DC is 586 miles.
The distance to the Indiana state capital is 105 miles. (as the crow flies)
Monroe City is positioned 38.61 degrees north of the equator and 87.35 degrees west of the prime meridian.
History & History Related Items
In 1856, Monroe City was first called "Nashville." The post office, though, was named for the Lovelydale School which caused locals to also call the town "Lovelydale." After a new Indiana law requiring
a town to have the same name as its post office, the residents needed to find another name. There was already a Nashville in Indiana. They decided to honor Monroe Alton who sold the first lots to Alexander Leslie on August 29, 1856.
By 1900, Monroe City has a population of 688 with many businesses. Phone service began about 1 April 1901. In 1908, there was a plan to
build a railroad through Monroe City. Stock was sold and construction was begun, but the rails were never completed for some unknown reason.
Electricity came to town on June 7, 1922. Natural Gas was first used in 1930.
Monroe City High School was built in 1910. The last graduating class from this school was in 1967 as it was absorbed into the South Knox The upgraded building was still used as an elementary school for several years. The Monroe City School is now being used, as of September 1, 1999, as a community building and is called the Blue Jean Center.
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