Westland, Indiana

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Westland, Indiana
Unincorporated community
Westland is located in Indiana
Westland
Westland
Westland is located in the US
Westland
Westland
Coordinates: 39°45′01″N 85°41′16″W / 39.75028°N 85.68778°W / 39.75028; -85.68778Coordinates: 39°45′01″N 85°41′16″W / 39.75028°N 85.68778°W / 39.75028; -85.68778
Country United States
State Indiana
County Hancock
Township Blue River
Elevation[1] 892 ft (272 m)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 46140
GNIS feature ID 447628

Westland is an unincorporated community in Blue River Township, Hancock County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[2]

History

Westland was never properly laid out or platted as a town.[3]

The community received its name from the Westland Friends Church, which was established in the area in 1840. Quakers, who attended the Walnut Ridge Friends Meeting near Carthage in Rush County, moved into southeastern Hancock County in the 1830s. It was too far to travel to church on a regular basis so a new Meeting was established in the land west of Walnut Ridge. This would be Westland Friends church, which is still in existence today.[4]

A post office was established at Westland in 1845, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1905.[5] Henry West served as an early postmaster.[6]

Geography

Westland is located at 39°45′01″N 85°41′16″W / 39.75028°N 85.68778°W / 39.75028; -85.68778.

References

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. ^ "Westland, Hancock County, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  3. ^ Richman, George J. (1916). History of Hancock County, Indiana: Its People, Industries and Institutions. Wm. Mitchell Printing Company. p. 494.
  4. ^ "Close-knit Congregation Celebrates 175 Years". Daily Reporter, Greenfield, IN. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Hancock County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  6. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 343. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. The name may be for Henry West, the first postmaster.


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