Latitude / Longitude:
40°28′20″N 85°25′53″W / 40.47222°N 85.43139°W / 40.47222 -85.43139
919 ft (280 m)
Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
Renner is an extinct American village in Indiana’s Blackford County. Although Renner has been listed as a “populated place” by the U.S. Geological Survey, this description is misleading.
Renner was a railroad stop on the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad. The land around the railroad stop was originally used to supply timber for railroad crossties, and eventually became a livestock farm. Housing for the families of the employees of the livestock farm was also located nearby.
Although it is not known for certain, Renner is thought to have been named for railroad executive John W. Renner. Renner was an executive of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad, and later the Pennsylvania Railroad, and retired with over 50 years of railroad experience. Another community, Rennerdale, Pennsylvania, was named in his honor in 1895.