Once the home of the peaceful Potawatomi Indiana, Topeka is located the heart of northeast Indiana Amish country.
Originally Topeka was called Slabtown because of all the sawmills that were located in the area and the fact that most of the buildings were constructed of slab lumber. The Post Office was known as Haw Patch.
When the Wabash Railroad was constructed in 1893, railroad officials approached the local residents and suggested a name change. Since the construction workers thought that the area reminded them of Topeka, Kansas, they suggested the name "Topeka".
Topeka was also the boyhood home of Byron L. Price who graduated from Topeka High School in 1908. Following graduation Price attended Wabash College where he graduated in 1912. After serving for many years with the Associated Press, in December of 1941 he was named the Chief of the newly formed Office of Censorship. Following World War II, Price was named the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations where he oversaw the employees as well as the construction of the U.N. building in New York City.