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Topeka Area Historical Society

123 Indiana St
Topeka, IN 46571


Once the home of the peaceful Potawatomi Indians, Topeka is located in the heart of northeast Indiana Amish country.

Originally it was called Slabtown because of all the sawmills that were located in the area and the fact that most of the buildings were constructed of slab lumber.  The Post Office was known as Haw Patch.

When the Wabash Railroad was constructed in 1893, railroad officials approached the local residents and suggested a name change.  Since the construction workers thought that the area reminded them of Topeka Kansas, they suggested the name “Topeka”.

The Historical Society is open May through September on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am – noon.

If you need more information, call (260) 499-0126

Be sure to check out their YouTube Channel:   Topeka Area Historical Society



Open May through September

Seasonal Hours
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