Clark County, Indiana
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Clark County Courthouse in Jeffersonville, Indiana

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 Clark County, Indiana

Bethlehem - Carr - Charlestown - Jeffersonville - Monroe - Oregon - Owen - Silver Creek - Union - Utica - Washington - Wood

Borden -
Charlestown - Clarksville - Jeffersonville - Sellerburg - Utica

Belknap - Bennettsville - Bethlehem - Black Diamond - Blue Lick - Broom Hill - Carwood - Cementville - Clarke - Dallas - Dyeton - Floyd - Hamburg - Haussdale - Henze - Hughes - Marysville - Nabb - Oak Park - Otisco - Otto - Owen - Prather - Pulltight - Rockford - Runyan - Statecut - Solon - Speed - St. Joseph - Starlight - Underwood - Vesta - Watson - Wilson

Andalusia - Claysburg - Oregon - Port Fulton - Springville

County Seat: Jeffersonville
Year Organized: 3 Feb 1801
Square Miles: 376.45 (372.86 land - 3.60 water)

Clark County Indiana History

Clark County lies on the North bank of the Ohio River. A significant gateway to the state of Indiana, Clark County's settlement began in 1783. The state of Virginia rewarded General George Rogers Clark and his regiment for their victorious capture of Forts Kaskaskia, Cahokia, and Vincennes from the British by granting them 150,000 acres of land. A small portion  of this land, 1000 acres, became known as Clarksville. Clarksville, the first authorized American settlement in Northwest Territory, was found the following year in 1784.

Organized in 1801, Clark County originally included all or part of Floyd, Clark, Harrison, Scott, Jennings, Jackson, Ripley, Decatur, Bartholemew, Franklin, Shelby, Rush, Fayette, Union, Randolph, Henry, Wayne, Jay and Switzerland Counties. The platting of Jeffersonville occurred a year later.

From its beginning Clark County's history, culture and growth has been linked to the development of the river. The use of the steamboat in the early 1800's to transport goods and services provided Clark County opportunities for commercial and industrial growth. In 1832, James Howard founded the Howard shipyards making Clark County a leader in ship building and bringing with it economic growth.

The railroad brought further economic growth. Two railroad lines, the Monon, which spanned from New Albany to Chicago and the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis railroad, provided Clark County and southern Indiana with access to the northern trading centers of Indianapolis and Chicago.

Industries locating to Clark County during the 1800s included the Louisville Cement Company in Speed, Indiana and the Ford Plate Glass Company established in Jeffersonville in 1876.

On September 23, 1878 the county seat returned to Jeffersonville from Charlestown, after an absence of 66 years.

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Website Updates:

Census: 1850 Mortality: Bethlehem, Washington, Wood; 1809 Voter Lists
Family Bibles: Brockman
News: Stain of murder of McDermotts
Obit: John William Napper

Obit: John William Napper

Oct 2017
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Where to find information in Clark County, Indiana

Jeffersonville Township Public Library
211 East Court Ave
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47131-1548

(Birth and Death Records from 1882)
Clark County Health Department
1320 Duncan Ave
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
Indiana State Library
140 North Senate Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2296
(Marriage and Divorce Records)
Clark County Circuit Court -City, County Bldg
501 East Court Ave
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130

Surrounding Counties
Scott | JeffersonFloyd | Washington| Oldham Co, KY | Jefferson Co, KY | Trimble Co, KY |

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