Ben Davis is located about six miles west of. The community is bounded by Rockville Road to the north, Minnesota Street to the south, I-465 to the east, and the CSX Railway (west of Girl School Road) to the west. The Ben Davis Village Alliance has represented the community since 2017.
In the 1870s the community now known as Ben Davis was a small hamlet alongside the Vandalia Railroad. Local entrepreneurs petitioned the railroad superintendent, Benjamin Davis, for a station. In 1877, residents built a loading platform at Davis’ suggestion and then named it for him. Two years later, John Pierson was authorized to build a regular railroad station.
The community suffered setbacks, including a tornado in October 1911, that damaged many of the town’s 100 homes and a December 1968, fire that destroyed several businesses in the old section of Ben Davis. Despite a fire and location changes, the Mt. Olive Methodist Church, founded in 1870, retains its status as the oldest organization in the community.
In 1922, Ben Davis High School became the first consolidated high school in Indiana. In 1950, with an enrollment of 1,265, it was the largest township high school in the U.S. Known for its academic, technical, and extracurricular programs, the high school is another area landmark, though the current school is located some 2 1/2 miles north of the community proper.
Ben Davis was never incorporated as a town; the only public buildings wereschools. When sewers were mandated in the 1950s the Indiana General Assembly permitted the formation of a , the Ben Davis Conservancy District. Under in 1970, the area became a part of the City of Indianapolis.