Eugene, Indiana

Unincorporated community

Vermillion County's location in Indiana

Eugene's location in Vermillion County

Coordinates: 39°57′59″N 87°28′22″W / 39.96639°N 87.47278°W / 39.96639; -87.47278Coordinates: 39°57′59″N 87°28′22″W / 39.96639°N 87.47278°W / 39.96639; -87.47278
Country United States
State Indiana
County Vermillion
Township Eugene
Established 1827
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 47928
GNIS feature ID 434244

Eugene is an unincorporated community in Eugene Township, Vermillion County, in the U.S. state of Indiana.[1]


The town was laid out in 1827.[2] Legend says that a local drunk, in searching for his wife, would frequently call out "Oh, Jane", but his inebriation caused it to sound more like "Eu, Jene", and this was taken as the name for the town. The actual source of the name is not known.[3] A post office was established at Eugene in 1826, and remained in operation until 1954.[4]

The town is the subject of several poems in Lantern Gleams from Old Eugene, a collection of poetry by Eugene native Alice Craig Fuller.[5]


Eugene is located at 39°57′59″N 87°28′22″W / 39.96639°N 87.47278°W / 39.96639; -87.47278 (39.965310, -87.472680), just north of the larger town of Cayuga. The Vermilion River flows around the north and east sides of town before meeting the Wabash River less than two miles east.


  1. "Eugene, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  2. History of Parke and Vermillion Counties, Indiana. B.F. Bowen & Cos. 1913. p. 400.
  3. Baker, Ronald L.; Marvin Carmony (1975). Indiana Place Names. Indiana University Press. p. 49. ISBN 0-253-14167-2.
  4. "Vermillion County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  5. Fuller, Alice Craig (1928). Lantern Gleams from Old Eugene, And Other Poems. Los Angeles: Wetzel Publishing Company. OCLC 742328376.
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