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1505 South B Street Elwood, IN 46036 - Hours: 8:30 to 5:00 - Monday thru Friday

City Of Elwood 765-552-8500

Local Government Phone NumberEmail Address
Mayor: Ron
Mayors Secretary: Stacie
Economic Development: William (Bill)
City Attorney: James
Judge: Kyle
Probation Department:765-552-7273 
Treasurer: Allison
Building Commission: Tom Doan (Commissioner)
Police Department: Phil Caldwell (Chief)
Police Dispatch 765-642-0221 
Animal Control Officer: Lauren Caldwell765-635-7191 
Fire DepartmentBrad Compton (Fire Chief)
Duck Creek Fire
Pipe Creek Fire Department765-552-2020 
Pipe Creek Trustee's Office:  Pat Hoose (Trustee)
Water Department: Glen Murray (Superintendent)
Sewer Department765-552-5512 
Street Department: Jim Robertson (Commissioner) 765-552-2711 
Maintenance Department:765-552-8361 
Elwood public library:  Jamie Scott (Director)765-552-5001 
Parks Department765-552-8379 
Recycling Center765-552-7080 
Elwood Post Office765-552-6322 
City Chaplain:  Reverend Joe Collier 765-552-9788 


City Council Members

City Council District #1Todd Jones(765)
City Council District #2Tim Roby(765)
City Council District #3David Savage(765) 620-3273 
City Council District #4Eric Reese(765)
City Council District #5Kim Everson(765)
City Council At LargePat Rice  
City Council At LargeBrent Boston(765)


Board of Works & Public Safety

Mayor Ron E. ArnoldAlbert McPhearson Merrill TaylorDavid Savage


Local Government Meetings

Type of MeetingNormally onTimeLocation
City Council Meetings1st Monday of the month7pmCity Hall Building
Board of Works Meetings3rd Wednesday of the month4:30pmCity Hall Building
Planning Committee Meetings3rd Monday of the month6pmCity Hall Building
Park Board Meetings3rd Monday of the month7pmCallaway Park Shelter House


Past Elwood Mayors

W. Merrill Taylor, Democrat 2004 to 2011George Bonham, Republican 1939 to 1942
Philip K. Metzger, Republican 2000 to 2003Orla A. Wann, Democrat 1935 to 1938
Jerry D. Werline, Democrat 1995 to 1999George Bonham, Republican 1930 to 1934
Denny Robinson, Democrat 1992 to 1994Charles Foster, Democrat 1929 to 1930
Blair Englehart, Democrat 1988 to 1991W.A. Faust, Democrat 1922 to 1928
Phil Orbaugh, Republican 1984 to 1987John G. Lewis, Socialist 1918 to 1921
Webb Morris, Democrat 1980 to 1983Francis M. Harbit, Reform 1914 to 1917
Lynn Chase, Democrat 1976 to 1979Austin Brumbaugh, Democrat 1910 to 1913
Eugene Smith, Republican 1968 to 1975O.A. Armfield, Republican 1908 to 1909
Luther Stockdale, Democrat 1961 to 1967John W. Call, Republican 1904 to 1907
Robert Fortson, Democrat 1956 to 1960William C. Smith, Democrat 1902 to 1903
Elmo Gustin, Republican 1952 to 1955Francis M. Harbit, Reform 1898 to 1901
Elmer Tunis, Democrat 1943 to 1951William DeHority, Democrat 1891 to 1897


Local Schools

Hinds Career Center1105 North 19th Street765-552-9881
Elwood Community School Corp1306 North Anderson Street765-552-9861
Elwood Elementary School940 North 19th Street765-552-7381
Elwood Middle School1207 North 19th Street765-552-7378
Elwood High School1137 North 19th Street765-552-9854


Medical Facilities

St. Vincent Mercy Hospital1331 South A Street765 552-4600
Northern Madison County Community Health Center1518 Main Street765 552-0841
Center for Mental Health10731 N State Rd 13765 552-5009
Fresenius Medical Care1805 South Anderson St765 557-2362
Park Place Assisted Living2304 Parkview Lane765 552-1742
Community Parkview Care Center2300 Parkview Lane765 552-9844


Local Utilities

American Electric Powerwww.indianamichiganpower.com800-311-4634
Vectren (Gas)www.vectren.com800-777-2060
Comcast (Cable)
AT&T (Phone)www.att.net800-742-8771


Local Organizations 

The American Legion Post 53    
220 Main Street 765 552-1055
 Chamber of Commerce108 South Anderson Street 765 552-0180
The Elks Lodge1700 South Anderson St.765 552-2313
The YMCA 1620 Main Street 765 552-9808

General Information

Elwood is a city in Madison and Tipton counties in the U.S. state of Indiana. The Madison County portion, which includes most of the city, is part of the Anderson, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion in Tipton County is part of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The first name for Elwood was Quincy, so named by James Anderson, Mark Simmons and J.B. Frazier in 1853. Since there was already a Quincy in Indiana's Spencer County, they chose the name of Duck Creek for the large duck swamp nearby. The name of Elwood came from the son of Mr. Frazier when someone pointed to the boy and said, "Why not call it Elwood?" So it was named on July 21, 1869.

NOTED NOTABLES: Wendell L. Willkie, Politician. Perhaps one of the biggest days in the history of Elwood was August 17th, 1940, when Wendell L. Willkie, a native of the community, came back to accept the Republican Nomination for President of the United States.

Elwood is located at 40°16′27″N 85°50′17″W / 40.27417°N 85.83806°W / 40.27417; -85.83806 (40.274109, -85.838047)

According to the 2010 Census , as of 2010, there were  8,614  people, 4,099 households, and 2,660 families residing in the city.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,986, and the median income for a family was $36,239. Males had a median income of $31,527 versus $19,947 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,402. About 11.7% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

The violent crime rating for Elwood is 1. The scale is from 1 (low crime) to 10 (violent). Violent crimes are composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The US average is 4.

The property crime rating for Elwood is 6 on a scale from 1 (low) to 10 (high). Property crimes include the offense of burglary, larceny (theft), motor vehicle theft, and arson. Theft type offenses are "the taking of money or property, but  no force or threat of force against the victims". The US average is 4.

Core Competencies and Competitive Advantages

It is often referred to as the “Heart of Hoosierland.” The Anderson/Madison County Corporation for Economic Development reports that the city is an agricultural and industrial center. It has also recently reinvested in it’s school system, there is ample housing, a traditional downtown, city hall, and a local hospital.

The City also has a highly resourceful and engaged Chamber of Commerce that offers many services to its members that are beneficial to new as well as established businesses. Some of these services include advertising within the Chamber of Commerce offices and access to the resources at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Satellite Office. The SBDC office offers business services, business seminars, training sessions, and workshops. The SBDC also provides referrals to different professional experts, such as lawyers and accountants.

Due to the City of Elwood’s location in Madison County and Indiana at large, the city has access to a number of tax incentives and programs to assist in the attraction and retention of new businesses. This portfolio includes property tax abatement as well as other Indiana State programs, like the Research and Development Tax Credit, the Automatic Property Tax Deduction, and permitting assistance.

The City offers it’s own unique events and attractions for residents and visitors such as the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Glass Festival. The Elwood Opera House which was built in 1887 and is historically significant building currently has offices and a banquet hall for events. In addition, there are three sites in the city, also located in the downtown, that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Wendell Wilkie School, the Elwood Train Depot and the Elwood Downtown District which is home to a number of speciality businesses.

Local Attractions

The Elwood Glass Festival which is the pride of the community and one of the leading festivals in central Indiana has been Elwood’s largest annual event for over 30 years and is another event put together by The Elwood Chamber of Commerce, sponsorships from local businesses, and other volunteers from the community.

The annual Glass Festival is held the third weekend of August and lasts three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The festival is a tribute to Elwood’s unique beautifully crafted, hand-blown art-glass that is produced in the community’s two art-glass factories, House of Glass and Prestige Crystal.

The glass festival includes a Scholarship Pageant and a Parade. Other attractions include carnival rides, the Vintage Rollers Car Show which bring more than 300 classic and antique cars each year, craft, food and collectibles booths, interesting demonstrations, fun contests, live bands and other different performances on the Main Stage at Callaway Park.

Free Bus tours are available daily during the festival which include: both glass factories, Spencer’s Lapidary, Venus Chocolate Shop, New Day Meadery, and The Historic Elwood Opera House.

The Annual Red Gold® Chili Cook-Off is held in the month of October in historic downtown Elwood. The event is co-sponsored by the Elwood Chamber of Commerce and feature the unique chili recipes of competing teams, ranging in tastes from sweet-and-mild to hot-and-spicy. Each team is given complimentary Red Gold® products for use in their recipe, and the teams compete for cash prizes provided by Red Gold®.

The event is held around the fountain area of the Elwood Municipal Building located at South B and Anderson streets. The Booths usually open at 9:30 a.m. with chili tasting beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Mary Beth Dunnichay Aquatic Center is a newly remodeled pool dedicated to a local Olympian swimmer Mary Beth Dunnichay. The Mary Beth Dunnichay Aquatic Center is available to rent during off hours. To reserve, call the Elwood YMCA at (765) 552-9808.

The Elwood Community Fair began in June 2006 and was planned the first weekend of June but due to a hard rain was moved to the second weekend and it has stayed the 2nd weekend of June since.

The sole purpose of the fair is to reach out to the community of Elwood and surrounding areas giving back to them, ministering in the gospel of Jesus, bringing His love, joy, hope, peace of mind and faith to people in need. By giving freely through the communion of food, laughter and fun to kids and families without them having to dish anything out because the love of Christ is FREE!

For families, friends and kids to enjoy a day together getting to know outreaches and resources around them that are useful to their well being and best interests in mind and also to break down denominational walls in our church communities by working together reaching out with the love of Christ as a whole body of believers establishing the goal to supply for people from the hands of the Lord Who is our provider.

The Elwood Farmer's Market  A group dedicated to providing fresh produce to the community and visitors. Local farmers and gardeners offer locally grown produce and goods every Saturday morning in the late spring through fall.

Colts' Blue Friday is sponsored by Red Gold and the local Chamber of Commerce.  The Colts Blue Friday event includes the Colts cheerleaders, the Colts in Motion Traveling Museum, the Books for Youth program, and Colts give-a-ways.

Elwood Concerts in the Park All concerts are family friendly, free to the public, held at Callaway Park (North 19th St.  Elwood) and the place to be! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the concerts and the family priced concessions. Rain doesn’t stop us. Rain location is in the park shelter house. To hear samples of the bands and learn about us visit our web site

Elwood Parks

Overall, the parks department manages eight city parks in Elwood. The parks range from small neighborhood parks to larger urban parks and athletic fields. Approximately 207 acres of parks, recreational and open space land is owned by other local entities, such as public and private schools, golf courses, and cemeteries. Although not managed by the parks department, these lands are important when considering outdoor amenities available to the residents of Elwood. 

Callaway Park
The largest and oldest city park, Callaway Park, is located on the north side of Elwood. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Callaway donated the land to the city in 1917 with the stipulation that it only be used by the City as parkland. On July 4, 1918, the land was officially dedicated as Callaway Park. As the most widely used park in the Elwood Parks and Recreation System, the park offers a variety of recreational facilities, including the Birch Bayh Senior Center, the Harry Bridges Little League Baseball Fields, the Zak Clark Skate Park, softball fields, and a small soccer field. The park offers picnic areas, a gazebo, shelter houses, and is home to the annual Elwood Glass Festival.

Rock Garden Park
A new addition to the Elwood Parks and Recreation System is Rock Garden Park. The seven acre site on the north side of the City is currently an undeveloped grassy field just south of Edgewood Elementary School. Big Duck Creek forms the border on the north side.

Joseph Morris/12th Street Park
On the northwest side of the city is a small neighborhood park, Joe Morris/12th Street Park. The one acre park features mostly active recreational opportunities, including an open play field, playground equipment, and two half-court basketball facilities.

Wendell Willkie Memorial Park
Just north of downtown Elwood, this small 4.85 acre park was named in honor of Wendell Willkie, an Elwood native and the 1940 Republican Nominee for the President of the United States. The park features a memorial to Wendell Willkie, the City’s water tower, a shelter house, picnic area, and playground. The site also is home to a small baseball field and concession stand which the YMCA uses for their peewee baseball program.

Washington Park
Now a small neighborhood park, the 1.02 acre Washington Park was once a playground for Washington Middle School. The old school, built in 1894, still stands at the corner of North 7th Street and North A Street. The park was donated to the Elwood Parks and Recreation Department and features very traditional park amenities, including the Tom Reynolds Memorial Baseball Field, a basketball hoop, and playground equipment.

Kiwanis Park
Donated by to the City by the local Kiwanis Club, this 1.58 acre park has plenty of open space for active recreation. Located on South G Street off of South 22nd street, Kiwanis Park offers playground equipment, a basketball court, and a large play field.

South P Athletic Fields
The South P Athletic Fields are located in the southern part of Elwood. The site is owned by the Elwood Parks Department and leased to a private organization that uses the facilities for baseball and football leagues. The site has one large football field and one baseball field.

Civic Center Park
Civic Center Park is a new addition to the Elwood Parks and Recreation System. The park was added in 2003 when the new Civic Center was constructed. At that time a fountain was constructed at the center of the site. In 2006, Transportation Enhancement funds from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) were awarded to the City to complete the park.