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The Indiana state capital is Indianapolis.
The population of Wheatland is approximately 439 (1990), 480 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 224 (1990), 191 (2010).
The amount of land area in Wheatland is 0.689 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Wheatland to Washington DC is 583 miles.
The distance to the Indiana state capital is 101 miles. (as the crow flies)
Wheatland is positioned 38.66 degrees north of the equator and 87.30 degrees west of the prime meridian.


about 15 miles east of Vincennes
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History & History Related Items

In 1858, founder John Steen, and others in the new town were trying to find a new name for their new town. Many wanted to call it "Steensville" after its founder. Others, among them, William Long, wanted Elmira, Long's hometown in New York State. As it turned out, neither had their way. The name came from the Ohio and Mississippi railroad. The wheat crop in 1858 was a very good one and so the railroad painted the name of Wheatland on their depot building in the new town. The residents decided they liked it and everyone was happy with their new name. At least most were. The two men who wanted the names of Steensville and Elmire, continued to feud over the name. They divided up the town according to their own "personal" areas and continued to disagree over the name of the town. Another early settler was Richard Steen who came with his family from South Carolina. Steen Township was named for this man. Thomas Brooks, the general store owner was also among the early settlers of Wheatland.
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