|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
Washington County, Indiana
County Seat - Salem, Indiana
Total Square Miles - 517
Population - (2000) - 27,223
The first European to live in the area that became Washington County was a hunter/trapper and salt manufacturer who lived among the Ox Indians in 1802. He was in the area called the Lick, about two miles east of Salem. A man named Thomas Hopper settled near what is now Hardinsburg in 1803.
Washington County, Indiana, named after George Washington, was formed in 1814 by an act of the Territorial Legislature passed on December 21, 1813. Indiana Territory Governor John Gibson named Isaac Blackbird the first county clerk and recorder. He then appointed William Hoggart sheriff; William Lindley, surveyor; Jeremiah Lamb, coroner; and Johnathon Lindley, Moses Hoggart, and Simeon Lamb circuit court judges. He selected Joseph Paddox, Peter McIntosh, Ignatius Abel, Marston G. Clark and Joseph Bartholomew to select a site for the county seat. The men met on January 17, 1814 near the geographical center of the county in William Lindlay's home. The men inspected sites at Royse’s Lick, Beck’s Mill, Camp Spring, Mill Creek, and Fort Hill before finally deciding on a spot at the junction of the Blue River and Brock Creek. They chose the name Salem for the new county seat, naming it after William Lindley's wife's hometown in North Carolina. By February 14, John DePauw, appointed to plat the new town, had completed his work and lot sales in Salem began on the second Tuesday in April of 1814.
Cities and towns of Washington County include:
Three Indiana State Highways cross Washington County on an east west route, Indiana State Routes 60, 160 and 56. US 15 tickles the southwest boundary of Washington County. The CSX rail line crosses the county, bisecting it as it connects Clarksville Indiana with Bedford, Indiana.
Agri-Tourism Sites in Washington County include:
Artesian and Farmer's Market
Grateful Goat Winery
Hein Tree Farm
Crown Hill Cemetery
John Hay Center
Piper Flight Center
Stevens Genealogy Library
Thunder Valley Raceway
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A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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