Otterbein, Indiana a.k.a The Town between two Counties
Otterbein is a quaint little town located in Northwest Indiana. Otterbein is about 15 miles northwest of Lafayette on U.S. 52 and is on the border of Benton (Bolivar Township) and Tippecanoe (Shelby Township) counties. It’s known for having a, very wide, block long Main Street that accommodates parking not only along the curbs but in the middle of the street, as well.
Otterbein was first known as Pond Grove. John Levering laid out the first 60 lots in 1872. The town was named after William Otterbein Brown. He was a farmer and stock dealer. William Otterbein Brown held the office of postmaster until his death in 1879. Otterbein High School ran from 1910-1966 until Benton County consolidated the rest of the High schools to Benton Central. The gym and the most of the building burnt down in 1972.
Natives of Otterbein include:
Adam Kennedy, author, actor and painter
Neal Gordon Musser, professional baseball player
Richard E Atha, Otterbein HS grad, NBA player, member Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Donald E Williams, Otterbein HS grad, former NASA Astronaut
As of the 2000 census, the population was 1312, 498 households and 359 families residing in the town.
As of the 2010 census, the population was 1262, 502 households and 335 families residing in the town.