Spencer, Indiana is nestled along the banks of the White River, named for the white limestone riverbed, in eastern Owen County. As the county seat, the Owen County Courthouse sits on the center of the square in downtown Spencer. The Courthouse provides a plethora of resources that may help you find information about Spencer, Indiana and the surrounding area. Located 55 miles southwest of Indianapolis, Spencer is flanked by Bloomington, 17 miles to the east and Terre Haute, 56 miles to the west. To the south along US 231, you will find the neighboring towns of Freedom, Worthington, and Switz City, while Gosport sits Northeast along SR67. The town is located in a valley that surrounds a portion of the White River and the surrounding area, giving it the name "Owen Valley".
Composed of a vintage residential community, Spencer offers diversity in housing ranging from modest single-family homes to homes of distinct, Victorian or Greco-Roman, architectural designs located along Hillside Avenue and Main Street, while also providing a selection of apartments. Spencer is recognized for its tree-lined streets, excellent school system, wonderful community, and outstanding city services.
Morgan Street, the main east to west thoroughfare in town, is the result of the corridor in which three major highways intersect. Those being, US 231, SR67, and SR46.
Spencer High School
Spencer High School was founded in 1876, having a graduating class of six members. In 1920, the census identified Spencer as the Center of Population for the United States. As a result, Spencer High School adopted the nickname of Spencer COPS in 1927 for all of their athletic teams. Spencer High School enjoyed many successes, however, Spencer High School would close in 1970. Spencer Elementary School now stands on the same campus as its predecessor.
Owen Valley Middle and High School
Owen Valley High School, which had previously consolidated Spencer, Gosport, and Patricksburg High Schools in 1971, is located 1.2 miles west of the town square along SR46. The home of the "Patriots", provides an excellent school system focused on providing the knowledge required by the state while allowing students to build their own path. With after school programs, athletics, a MakerSpace, and so much more, students are able to create an experience tuned to their interests.
Spencer Life and Attractions
Spencer offers many of the amenities of city living with the charm of a small town. The town now offers a plethora of restaurants and shops on or near the town square, mostly focusing on small and independently-owned businesses. Spencer also has the privilege of gaining the recently restored Tivoli Theatre. The theatre provides new movies at an affordable price, and allows for the local organizations to perform while providing a venue for traveling musicians. With local youth athletic events, choirs, bands and festivals, there is a variety of activities for anyone to enjoy. With the downtown revitalization efforts, you will find a variety of interesting and historic buildings. Outside of this area you will find the newly updated public library, the Carnegie Library, the YMCA, Cooper Commons Park, the MyPath trail, Prospect Park, and many other sites.
The town also has some beautiful State parks and forests available in the immediate area including McCormick's Creek State Park, Greens Bluff, and Owen-Putnam State Forest.
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The neighboring city of Bloomington, the home of Indiana University, provides a balance of a relaxing rural community and a city life, providing many avenues of entertainment, dining, and public events. Living in Spencer, you can be only minutes away from a Broadway show, a world-class recital, orchestra or opera, and other events headlined by a variety nationally known artists and actors.