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Ferdinand, Indiana

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Ferdinand is a town in Ferdinand Township, Dubois County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,157 at the 2010 census. Ferdinand is part of the Jasper Micropolitan Statistical Area. History Ferdinand was founded in 1840 by Fr. Joseph Kundek, OSB and was named after the Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria. The town was settled by mostly German-speaking people from central Europe. At one time Ferdinand was known as the wooden shoe village. At the end of the 19th century, Ferdinand contained many businesses, including a machine works, a brick works, brewery, several taverns, and a dairy. The Ferdinand post office has been in operation since 1850. In 1867, the Monastery of Immaculate Conception was founded in Ferdinand. Ferdinand was incorporated as a town in 1905. In 1906, the Ferdinand News was established as the local newspaper. Just prior to World War II the Civilian Conservation Corps created the Ferdinand State Forest. The Monastery Immacula
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