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Statistics & Facts

The Indiana state capital is Indianapolis.
The population of Churubusco is approximately 1,722 (2002), 1796 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 669 (1990), 706 (2010).
The amount of land area in Churubusco is 2.131 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Churubusco is 0.9 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Churubusco to Washington DC is 483 miles.
The distance to the Indiana state capital is 110 miles. (as the crow flies)
Churubusco is positioned 41.23 degrees north of the equator and 85.32 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Churubusco elevation is 909 feet above sea level.
Churubusco median income is $ 39,583 (2000).
The Churubusco median home price is $ 75,400 (2000).
Churubusco average annual precipitation is 38.2 inches peryear.
Churubusco average annual snowfall is 32.7 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 23.2 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 48.5 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 72.7 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 51.7 degrees F.


in northeastern Indiana about 15 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. Other nearby communities include Huntertown, Tri-Lakes, Avilla, Columbia City, Albion, Altona, Garrett and Kendallville.
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History & History Related Items

The first settlers of Churubusco were David Craig and William Walker. Before they arrived, however, the area was inhabited by Native Americans of the Miami Indian tribe. Their chief, Little Turtle, met with three United States Presidents, Washington, Adams and Jefferson. In 1847, the railroad tracks divided the area into two towns, Franklin to the north and Union to the south. When applications for a post office were made, they found there was already a town named Franklin so a different name had to be chosen. At this time, the US was at war with Mexico and very recently there was a major victory for the US at Churubusco, Mexico. Thus, when one of the residents thought it would be good to name the town for the victory because she had a relative who fought there, the decision was made to make the application in the name of Churubusco. The application for the post office was accepted in November 1847.
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Oscar, the mystery turtle, brought international prominence to Churubusco in 1949. The huge turtle was seen at Fulk Lake. The lake owner tried to trap him but was always unsuccessful. Mr. Harris used scuba divers and trying to empty the Lake to no avail. He even brought in a large female sea turtle to tempt Oscar. The enormous turtle was said to be as large as the top of a car but he still could never be found. Nevertheless, Oscar has gained notoriety and his life is commemorated every year with the local Turtle Days celebration. The town of Churubusco is now known as Turtle Town, USA. Learn all about Oscar here and click on Turtle Days.
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Churubusco City Government

Town of Churubusco
421 W. Whitley St.
Churubusco, IN 46723

Churubusco Libraries

Churubusco Public Library
116 N Mulberry St.
Churubusco, IN 46723
Phone 260-693-6466

Churubusco Schools

Smith-Green Community Schools
222 West Tulley St.
Churubusco, IN 46723
Phone: 260-693-2007
Fax: 260-693-6434 Churubusco


The population of Churubusco was:
1990 - 1,781
2000 - 1,666
2002 - 1,722

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