Prairie Creek, Indiana

Prairie Creek
Unincorporated community

Vigo County's location in Indiana
Prairie Creek

Prairie Creek's location in Vigo County, Indiana

Coordinates: 39°16′30″N 87°29′50″W / 39.27500°N 87.49722°W / 39.27500; -87.49722Coordinates: 39°16′30″N 87°29′50″W / 39.27500°N 87.49722°W / 39.27500; -87.49722
Country United States
State Indiana
County Vigo
Township Prairie Creek
Elevation[1] 528 ft (161 m)
ZIP code 47869
GNIS feature ID 447631

Prairie Creek (also Middletown) is an unincorporated community in southeastern Prairie Creek Township, Vigo County, Indiana, United States.[2] It lies at the intersection of State Roads 63 and 246 southwest of the city of Terre Haute, the county seat of Vigo County.[3] Its elevation is 528 feet (161 m), and it is located at 39°16′30″N 87°29′50″W / 39.27500°N 87.49722°W / 39.27500; -87.49722 (39.2750390, -87.4972443). Because the community has had multiple names, the Board on Geographic Names officially decided in favor of "Prairie Creek" in 1959.[4] Although Prairie Creek is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 47869.[5]

The community is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.


The town of Middletown was laid out August 24, 1831, by James D. Piety on the old Vincennes Road. Early businesses included Daniel Ryerson's hotel and drug store, Jonas P. Lykins's store, Z. J. Hunt's hotel, and Hiram Hight's steam mill in 1847. Jacob Ernest built the first brick house, in 1849.[6]

The Prairie Creek post office has been in operation since 1822.[7]


  1. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "Prairie Creek, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-07-14.
  3. DeLorme. Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer. 3rd ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 42. ISBN 0-89933-319-2.
  4. Geographic Names Information System Feature Detail Report, Geographic Names Information System, 1982-10-01. Accessed 2008-06-01.
  5. Zip Code Lookup
  6. Bradsby, H.C. (1891). History of Vigo County, Indiana, with Biographical Selections. Chicago: S. B. Nelson & Co. pp. 476–479.
  7. "Vigo County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved July 14, 2016.

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