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Chinook, Indiana

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Census Data for Chinook ...

Although we found mention of Chinook during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Over time, we expect to discover additional information that will be added to our Gazetteer..

One piece of information that we would especially like to find is the location (ie- GPS coordinates) of Chinook. If you can help us locate Chinook, please Contact Us.

As far as we can tell, Chinook has not been included in past Census counts, so there is no population information for this community.

While we don't have census information for Chinook, you might be interested in some nearby communities where we do:

Vigo County ...

Chinook is located in Vigo County<2>.

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Vigo County.

Miscellaneous Information for Chinook ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Vigo County or the community of Chinook:

  • The FIPS Codes ...
    • An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
    • State Code: 18 (Indiana)
    • County Code: 167 (Vigo County)
    • Place Code: 12538 (Chinook)
    • State & County Code: 18/167 (Indiana / Vigo County)
    • State & Place Code: 18/12538 (Indiana / Chinook)
  • Misc. Census Codes ...
    • Chinook is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #3 (the East North-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Chinook.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Indiana

About Vigo County

About Indiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Vigo County:

The official website for State of Indiana:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went south past Chinook and then turned east". While Chinook could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added Chinook as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Chinook could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Indiana community named Chinook.
<2>If you're interested in how the shape of Indiana's counties, including Vigo, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.






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