French Lick, Indiana

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French Lick, Indiana
Town
French Lick Resort and Larry Bird Boulevard
French Lick Resort and Larry Bird Boulevard
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 38°32′49″N 86°37′8″W / 38.54694°N 86.61889°W / 38.54694; -86.61889Coordinates: 38°32′49″N 86°37′8″W / 38.54694°N 86.61889°W / 38.54694; -86.61889
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyOrange
TownshipFrench Lick
Area[1]
 • Total1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Land1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation499 ft (152 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total1,807
 • Estimate (2012[3])1,798
 • Density1,020.9/sq mi (394.2/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EST (UTC-5)
ZIP code47432
Area code(s)812
FIPS code18-25972[4]
GNIS feature ID0450938[5]
 
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French Lick, Indiana
Town
French Lick Resort and Larry Bird Boulevard
French Lick Resort and Larry Bird Boulevard
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 38°32′49″N 86°37′8″W / 38.54694°N 86.61889°W / 38.54694; -86.61889Coordinates: 38°32′49″N 86°37′8″W / 38.54694°N 86.61889°W / 38.54694; -86.61889
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyOrange
TownshipFrench Lick
Area[1]
 • Total1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Land1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation499 ft (152 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total1,807
 • Estimate (2012[3])1,798
 • Density1,020.9/sq mi (394.2/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EST (UTC-5)
ZIP code47432
Area code(s)812
FIPS code18-25972[4]
GNIS feature ID0450938[5]

French Lick is a town in French Lick Township, Orange County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,807 at the 2010 census. In November 2006, the French Lick Resort Casino, the state's tenth casino in the modern legalized era, opened, drawing national attention to the small town. However, it is best known as the hometown of Larry Bird.

History[edit]

French Lick was originally a French trading post built near a spring and salt lick. A fortified ranger post was established near the springs in 1811. On Johnson's 1837 map of Indiana, the community was known as Salt Spring. The town was founded in 1857.

The sulfur springs were commercially exploited for medical benefits starting in 1840. By the later half of the 19th century, French Lick was famous in the United States as a spa town. In the early 20th century it also featured casinos attracting celebrities such as boxer Joe Louis, composer Irving Berlin and gangster Al Capone.

Due to wartime travel restrictions, the Chicago Cubs held spring training in French Lick from 1942-1945. In order to conserve rail transport during World War II, 1943 spring training was limited to an area east of the Mississippi River and north of the Ohio River.[6]

The French Lick Resort Casino was the focal point of most of the entertainment; the hotel remained open well after the casinos were closed down and the heyday of the town was well past. The resort closed for renovation in 2005.

Pluto Water, a best selling laxative of the first half of the 20th century, was bottled here. It was also home to a large 7-Up bottling facility, which ceased operations in the mid-20th century.

Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his intention to run for president at a National Governors' Convention held at the French Lick Springs Hotel.

The town has been best known for being the hometown of NBA great Larry Bird. Bird started for French Lick/West Baden's high school team, Springs Valley High School, where he left as the school's all-time scoring leader. In his later basketball career, Bird was given the nickname "the Hick from French Lick". French Lick is also the hometown of former Sacramento Kings head coach Jerry Reynolds, who currently works as the team's color commentator on its television broadcasts and is the Kings' director of player personnel.

Geography[edit]

French Lick is located at 38°32′49″N 86°37′8″W / 38.54694°N 86.61889°W / 38.54694; -86.61889 (38.546872, -86.618939)[7]. The area has rich mineral sources ("The Lick").

According to the 2010 census, the town has a total area of 1.77 square miles (4.6 km2), all land.[8]

Demographics[edit]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,807 people, 764 households, and 439 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,020.9 inhabitants per square mile (394.2 /km2). There were 924 housing units at an average density of 522.0 per square mile (201.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.8% White, 5.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 764 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.5% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the town was 39.2 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

"Pluto Spring", French Lick, 1903

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,941 people, 849 households, and 513 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,196.3 people per square mile (462.6/km²). There were 948 housing units at an average density of 584.3 per square mile (225.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.18% White, 3.66% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

There were 849 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,197, and the median income for a family was $36,583. Males had a median income of $26,046 versus $17,346 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,113. About 11.8% of families and 18.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over....

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ Suehsdorf, A. D. (1978). The Great American Baseball Scrapbook, p. 103. Random House. ISBN 0-394-50253-1.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Indiana". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 

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