Otterbein is a quaint town in Northwest Indiana uniquely located across the county lines of Benton and Tippecanoe.
We are home to factories, banks, a wonderful elementary school, two charming parks and a beautiful newly built library- all the town amenities you could ask for!
A close knit community like this just short drive away from all of the conveniences of the surrounding large cities is a rare find. Welcome to Otterbein!
Explore the Community:
Welcome home! We think Otterbein, IN is a wonderful place to put down roots (just ask our farming community!). Raise a family. Find community. Build a life here. Review some quick facts below and be sure to take a look at the links we've provided to housing information, local businesses, happenings and education.
It's all part of what Otterbein is proud to offer.
Electric: Duke 800-521-2232
Gas: NIPSCO 800-464-7726
(City) Water: 765-583-4944
Telephone: AT&T 800-742-8771
Internet Service Providers:
Watch Communications 866-586-1518
Cable TV & Internet:
Trash / Recycle:
Waste Management 866-797-9018
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Education: Pre-K - 12
Otterbein is proudly part of the Benton County School System!
Otterbein School is part of the the Benton Community School Corporation. The corporation includes three elementary schools for grades Kindergarten thru 6th grade and one Jr./Sr. High School grades 7-12. Accredited by the North Central Association, the school corporation is filled with seasoned teachers and offers many programs including Adult Continuing Education, After-school programs and an excellent array of athletic and extracurricular activities for our young people.
Find More Pre-K-12 Education Options on our County Site:
We are just a short drive from the “Big 10” University of Purdue
with all of the conveniences of large city products and services
Nearby Colleges and Universities
West Lafayette, IN (12.1 miles)
Ivy Tech Community College
Lafayette, IN (18.3 miles)
Here's our story. Let Otterbein be a part of YOURS!
Originally a site known as Pond Grove, Otterbein, occupies mostly flat, open farm land on the eastern border of Benton County. Otterbein's first 60 lots were laid out by John Levering and his wife on October 25, 1872, with an addition by Mary A. Clancey on April 24, 1883.
William Otterbein Brown, the farmer and stock-dealer for whom the town was named, held the office of postmaster from 1872 until his death on February 18, 1879. Otterbein High School ran from 1910 to 1966, when the consolidated Benton Community School Corporation came into existence. The original gym and most of the building was lost to a fire in 1975. Like many rural towns, Otterbein once had a thriving two Nickel Plate Road (New York, Chicago and St. Louis) railroad tracks and a depot until the nationalization of the railroads in the 1970s. The Ron Thompson Park, located at the corner of Main Street and 2nd Street sits on the lot where Denny’s Pharmacy resided until a fire destroyed it in 2007. Ron Thompson proudly served the Otterbein Community as the Pharmacist for 46 years.
Otterbein's Public Library was built in 1934, a brick library of 24 x 32 feet with a basement and remained until 2004.
Notable Natives of Otterbein :
Adam Kennedy, author, actor and painter
Neal Gordon Musser, professional baseball player
Richard E Atha, Otterbein HS grad, NBA player, member Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Donald E Williams, Otterbein HS grad, former NASA Astronaut