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Plymouth, Indiana


Plymouth, Indiana

City of Plymouth
Downtown Plymouth
Downtown Plymouth
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marshall
 • Mayor Mark Senter (R)
 • Total 7.57 sq mi (19.61 km2)
 • Land 7.53 sq mi (19.50 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)  0.53%
Elevation 797 ft (243 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 10,033
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 10,032
 • Density 1,332.4/sq mi (514.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 46563
Area code(s) 574
FIPS code 18-60822[4]
GNIS feature ID 0441379[5]

Plymouth is a city in Marshall County, Indiana, United States. The population was 10,033 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Marshall County.[6] Plymouth was the site of the first retail outlet of defunct U.S. retailer Montgomery Ward in 1926.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 census 2.1
    • 2000 census 2.2
  • History 3
  • Plymouth High School 4
    • Student Programs 4.1
    • Instrumental Music 4.2
    • Speech 4.3
    • Athletics 4.4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Plymouth, Indiana is located at (41.343894, -86.312544),[7] along the Yellow River.[8]

According to the 2010 census, Plymouth has a total area of 7.57 square miles (19.61 km2), of which 7.53 square miles (19.50 km2) (or 99.47%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 0.53%) is water.[1]

Plymouth downtown from above.


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,033 people, 3,940 households, and 2,401 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,332.4 inhabitants per square mile (514.4/km2). There were 4,451 housing units at an average density of 591.1 per square mile (228.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.2% White, 0.9% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 8.3% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.0% of the population.

There were 3,940 households of which 34.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.1% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.19.

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,840 people, 3,838 households, and 2,406 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,414.0 people per square mile (545.9/km²). There were 4,100 housing units at an average density of 589.2 per square mile (227.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.80% White, 0.63% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 6.19% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.99% of the population.

There were 3,838 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,505, and the median income for a family was $41,447. Males had a median income of $30,444 versus $21,293 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,417. About 10.4% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.


Historic fire station with Amish designs on doors
Centennial Park on N. Michigan Street (SR 17)
Marshall County courthouse.

This area was part of the territory of the Potawatomi Native Americans, one of the historical tribes encountered by European-American settlers. In the nineteenth century, the United States government made numerous treaties to buy and extinguish Native American claims to land in the former Northwest Territory and the Southeast. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 authorized forcible removal if necessary. The United States government purchased this area under the Treaty of Tippecanoe in 1832.

Although many Potawatomi had relocated to Indian Territory in present-day Kansas, Chief Menominee and his band of the Yellow River refused to go. Militia under the authority of United States Army officers rounded them up and in September 1838, the band of 859 headed west, in what became known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death. They traveled more than 660 miles to Osawatomie, Kansas, with many of the Potawatomi walking. More than 40 of the tribal members died on the march.[11]

Plymouth was incorporated as a town in 1851.[12]

During the Civil War, Union Army soldiers arrested Daniel E. VanValkenburgh, editor of the Plymouth Weekly Democrat, who criticized what he viewed as Lincoln’s abuses of power. VanValkenburgh also criticized Department of Ohio commander Ambrose Burnside’s lieutenant, General Milo S. Hascall. Hascall was in charge of the District of Indiana. VanValkenburgh called Hascall a donkey in the pages of the Democrat. Hascall promptly dispatched soldiers to arrest VanValkenburgh and brought him before Burnside to answer charges of violating Burnside's General Order No. 38. Burnside let VanValkenburgh off with a warning. The Democrat became the first of eleven Democratic newspapers suppressed or threatened with suppression in May 1863.[13]

Much of Plymouth's history was documented in two major newspapers during the 19th century. The Marshall County Republican (also titled Plymouth Republican and Plymouth Tribune) operated from 1856 to 1922.[14] Its main rival the Marshall County Democrat (also titled Plymouth Democrat) appeared from 1855 to 1932 (and as a weekly only edition until January 1, 1941).[15] During the 20th century, the Plymouth Daily Pilot acquired the Republican in 1922, and the Democrat became the Plymouth Daily News in 1932. The News and Pilot merged to become the Plymouth Pilot-News in 1947.

As part of Plymouth's sesquicentennial celebration in 1966, organizers created the first Marshall County Blueberry Festival, to take place over Labor Day weekend. This tradition has continued annually, and the Festival typically brings in tens of thousands of visitors over the 4-day event.[16]

In July 1982, five firefighters were killed when their fire truck overturned while responding to a call. The tanker truck crashed on a curve near West School on state road 17.

Plymouth High School

2008 - Plymouth High School is awarded the Bronze Award from U.S. News & World Report.[17] Also, PHS was named one of Indiana's "Best Buy Schools" by the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce.[18]

Student Programs

The Plymouth School Corporation has around 85 extra curricular activities, including a robotics club, Lego League, Academic clubs such as Spell Bowl and Quiz Bowl, Language Clubs, and a variety of other Instrumental, Sport, and Speech programs.

Instrumental Music

The Plymouth High School Instrumental Music Department has annually earned the ISSMA "All-Music Award" and the marching band was named an ISSMA State Finalist in 2010 and 2013. The "Winter Performance Ensemble" (W.P.E.) combines Winter Drumline and Winter Guard into one ensemble. The W.P.E. began in 2010 and was an IPA state finalist and the IHSCGA Class 3A Divisional Champions. In 2011, the ensemble was an IPA state finalist. In 2012, the ensemble was promoted to Class PSA in the percussion association and was also a state finalist.


The Plymouth High School Speech Team has been successful on both the state and national levels. The team was the overall Indiana High School Forensic Association's state champion in 1997, as well as five consecutive years from 2000 to 2004, and also in 2009. As the champions, the team won the Ralph Lawson Trophy. The team also won the Class "AA" state championship each year from 1997 to 2004 and 2006 to 2009.

On the national level, Plymouth students regularly compete at the National Forensic League's national tournament. Plymouth students have earned national championships in Original Oratory in 2002, Duo Interpretation in 2004, and Prose Reading in 2005.[19] In 2007, Head Coach David McKenzie was awarded the National Forensic League National Coach of the Year.[20]


In 1977, Plymouth High School won the State Football Championship. Pete Buchanan from the 1977 team went on to play college football at Notre Dame.

In 1982, Scott Skiles led Plymouth High School to the boys basketball state championship, with a 75-74 double overtime victory over Gary Roosevelt High School. On March 24, 2007, Plymouth won the Indiana Class AAA boys' basketball championship. Plymouth beat Evansville Bosse in a 72-61 victory. Head coach Jack Edison was named National High School coach of the year. On March 1, 2008, Plymouth won the Indiana Class AAA Girls' Basketball Championship. The Lady Pilgrims defeated Indianapolis Chatard 47-46 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

In 2012, Plymouth native 2012 Summer Olympics. She ran in the 1500 m final, but did not finish the race after falling on the last turn.


  1. ^ a b "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1".  
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  8. ^ Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.:  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Potawatomi Trail of Death Association
  12. ^ McDonald, Daniel (1908). A Twentieth Century History of Marshall County, Indiana, Volume 1. Lewis Publishing Company. p. 105. 
  13. ^ "Killing the Serpent Speedily" Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project blog
  14. ^ A History of the Plymouth Republican
  15. ^ Plymouth's Democrat newspaper from 1855-1870 digitized
  16. ^ Marshall County Blueberry Festival History
  17. ^ "Best High Schools,", US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
  18. ^ "Indiana's Best Buys: An In-Depth Look at Hoosier High Schools"
  19. ^ NFL National Tournament Results through 2010 (National Forensic League, accessed 2011-Jun-25
  20. ^

External links

  • City of Plymouth, Indiana website
  • Plymouth, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Plymouth School Corporation
  • The Pilot News
  • from 1855-1870Plymouth DemocratDigitized issues of the
  • (1911-12)Plymouth Weekly Republican (1903-11), and Plymouth Tribune (1878-79), Plymouth Republican (1856-78), Marshall County Republican (1853-56), Plymouth Banner (1851), Plymouth PilotDigitized issues of the
  • WTCA
  • Pride of Plymouth Instrumental Music Department
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