Monument City Huntington County
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40°23’50 N 87°19’48 W
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Monument City is a former settlement in Huntington County, Indiana.
Located at the current site of the Salamonie Reservoir in southern Huntington County, the parking area to view the remains of Monument City is located near the coordinates 40°45’49.45 N 85°35’31.64” W. Monument City was covered by the damming up of the Salamonie River to create Salamonie Lake in 1965. When the reservoir is low, remains are visible. Former residents are now scattered throughout Huntington and the surrounding counties, although many have died since the destruction of the town.
The site of the former Monument City came into view again during the severe drought of 2012, as reported in an article by Jill Disis in the Indianapolis Star for Sunday, July 22, 2012. The article reported that, by late July, the Salamonie Reservoir’s water level was so low that tourists and other curious visitors were able to walk among the foundations of houses and a school. Later that same day, Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources announced that the site would be closed to further visits.
The cemetery (Monument City Memorial Cemetery) that existed in the town was relocated to a different area of Polk township and is still in use and open to those who wish to visit it. The cemetery includes the original monument that the city was named for, listing those from Polk Township who lost their lives in the Civil War.