Terre Haute

Terre Haute is a city in west-central Indiana, about 180 mi (300 km) south of Chicago and 1 hour southwest of Indianapolis. The name "Terre Haute" is French for "high land" and refers to the area's history from the French colonization of the Americas as well as its geography next to the Wabash River. Though the city limits exclude some of Vigo County, the metropolitan area includes the nearby towns of West Terre Haute and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.


Terre Haute's history reaches back to the early 1800s with the construction of Fort Harrison as a permanent settlement within the Indiana Territory. The city grew up primarily around industry and river traffic on the Wabash River. The growth of the railroads and a short-lived oil boom contributed to the city's prosperity, but the decline of both, along with the Depression, resulted in the city becoming a model of Midwestern urban decay up through 1980s. Recent mayors have worked hard to reverse this image, and have begun making gains in turning the city back around.

Tourist Information

Get in

By plane

Terre Haute is served by Terre Haute International Airport, but there have not been any commercial flights from there since 1999. Most people in Terre Haute and the surrounding regions use Indianapolis International Airport, which is an hour to an hour and a half drive east of the city on Interstate 70. Rental car services to Terre Haute are available at the airport.

By car

There are three main highways which run through the city: Interstate 70 running east to west through the south of the city (near Honey Creek Mall); U.S. 41 (known locally as Third Street) oriented north-south; and U.S. 40 (also known as Wabash Avenue) as the road which separates the north and south parts of the city. U.S. 40 splits near the central business district. The westbound traffic turns onto Cherry Street, and the eastbound traffic runs into Ohio Street. In the event of an accident on the interstate, traffic is often re-routed through U.S. 41 and 40.

By train

Catch-A-Train provides highway service to the Mattoon Amtrak station for trains to Chicago.

By bus

Greyhound provides service to Terre Haute, with daily buses departing from Indianapolis and St. Louis.

Get around

Automobiles are generally the easiest ways of traveling in Terre Haute. Pedestrian travel is the best on the north portion of the city (including Wabash Avenue), but several of the cross-streets on Third Street have short traffic signals. While there is no "rush hour" like those seen in larger cities, during the afternoon and early evening, the south end of town on U.S. 41 can become hectic. Also, many people cannot manage to drive the speed limit. Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular due to the heightened gas prices, although cyclers should use caution when riding, as bike lanes and paths are still few and far between. Sidewalks are usually the preferred paths for bikes, but some of the sidewalks on secondary roads are in poor condition. This is being improved by the city.

By car

The general speed limit on the streets is 30 miles per hour. Wabash Avenue and Third Street have a slightly higher speed limit. Terre Haute has several train tracks which run through the city, so becoming "railroaded" is a common occurrence. Construction is currently ongoing around the central business district.

Rental Companies

By public transit

Terre Haute is served by a public bus system , which runs Monday through Saturday from 6am to 6pm. Routes run throughout the city, including several shopping centers. There are plans to have midnight routes which will serve the local bars and universities. Single-trip fares are $1, 14 trip passes are $12, and monthly passes are $30. Although the bus system is growing, the easiest method of traversing Terre Haute is still by car.

By taxi

Dependable Cab: +1 812 232-1122 Indiana Shuttle: +1 812 877-7787 N.E.T. Taxi: +1 812 208-3857 Terre Haute Cab: +1 812 232-1313 Yellow Cab: +1 812 478-5000


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For easy access to I-70, there is a cluster of hotels off the Terre Haute Highway 41 exit:


Unlike other cities its size, Terre Haute boasts five institutes of higher education:

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By phone

Most telephone numbers in Terre Haute consist of +1 812 plus a seven-digit number, but a second area code (+1 930) was overlain onto the entire 812 area in September 2014. A local or in-state telephone call now requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 812 before these if no area code is indicated.

Go next

Routes through Terre Haute

St. Louis Effingham  W  E  Plainfield Indianapolis
Chicago Kentland  N  S  Vincennes Evansville
Urbana Danville  W  E  Vincennes Louisville
END  W  E  Spencer Bloomington

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