About Terre Haute

Terre Haute" means "High Ground" in French. It was named by French explorers over 200 years ago for the high plateau overlooking the Wabash River. Before the first Europeans arrived, native Wea people grew crops and tended orchards in the area that is now the center of town. Over the years, the city grew and prospered from trade, coal production, and iron manufacturing. Terre Haute was nicknamed "The Crossroads of America" for the many railway lines and roads that passed through the town. The population today is about 60,000 people who enjoy an affordable lifestyle and temperate climate, with an average 192 sunny days and 10 inches of snow per year.

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