Floyds Knobs, Indiana

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Floyds Knobs
Unincorporated community
Floyds Knobs is located in Indiana
Floyds Knobs
Floyds Knobs
Coordinates: 38°19′28″N 85°52′25″W / 38.32444°N 85.87361°W / 38.32444; -85.87361Coordinates: 38°19′28″N 85°52′25″W / 38.32444°N 85.87361°W / 38.32444; -85.87361
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyFloyd
TownshipLafayette
Elevation771 ft (235 m)
ZIP code47119
FIPS code18-23800[1]
GNIS feature ID434618[2]
 
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Floyds Knobs
Unincorporated community
Floyds Knobs is located in Indiana
Floyds Knobs
Floyds Knobs
Coordinates: 38°19′28″N 85°52′25″W / 38.32444°N 85.87361°W / 38.32444; -85.87361Coordinates: 38°19′28″N 85°52′25″W / 38.32444°N 85.87361°W / 38.32444; -85.87361
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyFloyd
TownshipLafayette
Elevation771 ft (235 m)
ZIP code47119
FIPS code18-23800[1]
GNIS feature ID434618[2]

Floyds Knobs is a small unincorporated community in Lafayette Township, Floyd County, Indiana. Historically a farming community on the outskirts of New Albany, it has since become a bedroom community for Louisville, Kentucky. It contains subdivisions, farms, small shopping centers, churches, and transmitters for many of the area's television and radio stations. It is also the location of Floyd Central High School.

History[edit]

The town was named after Colonel Davis Floyd.[3] James Moore built a gristmill here in 1815. The word "knobs" comes from the local terrain. As one approaches Floyds Knobs from the southeast, The Knobstone or Siltstone Escarpment rises 400–850 feet above the Ohio River floodplain along the northwestern edge of New Albany, Indiana. The eroded hills along the edge of this plateau, called knobs, are the eastern edge of the Norman Upland geologic area of Indiana.[4] Floyds Knobs is home to PGA golfer Fuzzy Zoeller.

Historically, the commercial center of the community was at the intersection of Scottsville Road and Paoli Pike, (Old U.S. Highway 150) along the primary route from New Albany to Paoli, Indiana. However, exit 119 on Interstate 64 (US 150) has substantial commercial and residential development west of the historic center.

Geography[edit]

Floyds Knobs is located at 38°19′28″N 85°52′25″W / 38.32444°N 85.87361°W / 38.32444; -85.87361, four miles northwest of the Ohio River and downtown New Albany.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Floyds Knobs, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  3. ^ "From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History" by Ronald Baker
  4. ^ Landscapes of Indiana