Jeffersonville, Indiana

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums
 South East Edition
Jeffersonville, Indiana
County - Clark
Jeffersonville serves as the county seat for Jefferson County
Area 13.6 sq mi
Elevation - 446 ft
Population (2008) - 38,100
ZIP codes 47130,47131,and 47199
Area code - 812
A visit to Jeffersonville, Indiana will take you to one of Indiana's oldest cities.
Jeffersonville, Indiana has its roots in a fort that was constructed in 1786 across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. The fort was called Fort Finney and was located at the site of the Kennedy Bridge. The fort was built to protect the growing white population from depredations by the Indians, which still populated the area. The fort was renamed Fort Steuban in 1787 and maintained as a militia post until near the turn of the century.
Thomas Jefferson
A settlement had grown up around the fort. The name Jeffersonville came into use around 1801 or 1802. The town was platted on June 23, 1802 using a city design grid devised by Thomas Jefferson, and the town took its name from the President.
Civil War
During the American Civil War, Jeffersonville became an important strategic city. Since it is situated directly across from Louisville, Kentucky, it became a staging area for many Union troops going south to fight. The town was serviced by three railroads, and of course, it was directly on the Ohio River.
Boat Building Center
Jeffersonville, Indiana became an important boat-building center, stemming from beginnings in 1819 when the first boat building business located there. Steamboats became a very important product of the shipyards there, especially the Howard Shipyards, established in 1834. The company produced the LST landing vehicles during World War 2 and shipbuilding remains an important industry. The Howard Steamboat Museum is dedicated to the ship building industry in Jeffersonville.
A portion of Jeffersonville's downtown has been registered with the National Register of Historic Places, and the city is working towards restoring and maintaining its historic character. The downtown is populated with popular businesses along the Ohio River Waterfront. Bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, bars, retail stores and public places reside along the River. A visit to Jeffersonville, Indiana would create memories of the place forever.
For shopping, dining and lodging opportunities in Jeffersonville, contact:
Tourism Site for Clark and Floyd Counties

315 Southern Indiana Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Indiana State Road 265
Indiana State Road 62
US Route 31
Interstate 65

Jeffersonville Parks

Allison Brook Park
Big4 Station
Connie Selmer Park
Forest Park
Gaither Park
Henry Lansden Park
Highland Dog Park
James T. Duffy’s Landing Park
John Wilcoxson Park
Kyle Vissing Park
Lottie Oglesby Park
Luther F. Warder Park
Meadows Park
Optimist Park
Pamela J. Inman Park
Poppy Park
Port Fulton Park
Preservation Park
Richard H. Colston Park
Richard Vissing Park
Richard B. Wathen Park
Robert A. “Bob” Hedge Park
Samuel G. Shannon Memorial Park
S Harlan Vogt Park
Steamboat Park
W.F. “Ted” Throckmorton Park

Community Garden at Allison Brook Park
Highland Dog Park
Jeffersonville Skate Park
Ohio River Greenway
Richard Vissing Park
Samuel G. Shannon Memorial Park
Shirley Hall Park – Football
Woehrle Athletic Complex

Charles Nachand Fieldhouse
Colston Cottage
Jeffersonville Aquatic Center
Jeffersonville Riverstage and Terrace Lawn
Ken Ellis Senior Center
Paul Northam Little League Lodge

Streams and Rivers
Ohio River

Big Four Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge
Carnegie Center of Art & History
Culbertson Mansion
Derby Dinner Theater
Falls of the Ohio
Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden
Howard Steamboat Museum
Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards
Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant
Schimpff’s Confectionery and Candy Museum
Aquatic Center
The RiverStage
Farmers’ Market
Jeff Main Street
City Hall
Suite 250
500 Quartermaster Court
Jeffersonville, IN 4730

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