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Rob Roy, Indiana

Rob Roy is an unincorporated town in Shawnee Township, Fountain County, Indiana.

History

Rob Roy was named after the Scottish outlaw Robert Roy MacGregor by local John I. Foster, a lover of literature who was especially fond of Walter Scott's novels. Foster, described as an inventor and a worker of iron, lived in Rob Roy for six or seven years and founded a Methodist church there.

The town was platted around 1826 and contained 48 lots, with a further addition on the east side by Hiram Jones in 1829. A writer in 1833 described Rob Roy as a small interior village with few inhabitants but increasing in improvement and population; by 1836 it had "five dry goods stores and four groceries, a hotel, three physicians, and was in the center of a very active settlement." The passage of the Chicago and Block Coal Railway through the town also stimulated growth, but competition with nearby Attica (which was on the Wabash and Erie Canal) eventually led to Rob Roy's demise.

The town today consists only of a small gathering of homes.

Geography

Rob Roy is located at , approximately three miles south of Attica along U.S. Route 41. Big Shawnee Creek, spanned by a covered bridge, snakes along the north side of town and Little Shawnee Creek flows along the south. The confluence of the two is half a mile to the west.

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