Friday, January 21, 2011

Orleans, Indiana

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Orleans, Indiana
County - Orange
Township - Orleans
Area Total - 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
Elevation - 633 ft (193 m)
Population (2006) - Total 2,300
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
ZIP code - 47452
Area code(s) - 812



Orleans, Indiana was platted in March 11, 1815, before Orange County was formed. It was named in honor of the Battle of New Orleans which took place a few months before. The town was laid out with six streets running east/west, seven streets north south, with the town square, called Congress Square, reserved for a public building. This square is currently used as the town park. The town was incorporated twice. The first time, in 1829, resulted in the town losing the charter because it was too small t o maintain municipal expenses. It was incorporated again in 1865 and this time the town grew. In 1852 a public subscription of $40,000 dollar, which was a huge amount of money, secured the passage of the New Albany-Salem Railroad through the town. This railroad induced economic growth, including several hotels and accompanying livery stables.

Two State highways intersect in the town, Indiana State Road 37 which connects Orleans with Mitchell to the north, and Indiana State Road 337 running to Salem to the east. The New Albany-Salem Railroad survives as a CSX railroad line linking Orleans with Bedford and Salem, Indiana.

Orleans, Indiana is called the "Dogwood Capital of Indiana." Hundreds of dogwood trees have been planted, creating a wonderful sight in late spring when the dogwoods bloom. The annual Dogwood Festival is held in late April every year.

To access the attractions of Orleans, click this link.

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