Daviess County, Indiana
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Road Taxes 1867


 Daviess County, Indiana

This county bears the name of Colonel Daviess, who fell in the battle of Tippecanoe. The soil of the county is varied, but rich; and well adapted to the growth of articles usually cultivated in the West. The White River bottoms have a rich, black loam, in some places slightly sandy, which produces magnificent crops of corn and other grain. These bottoms were originally heavily timbered, and along the west fork, are from one to two miles wide; on the east fork, about half that width. The northeastern portion of the county is rolling, and heavily timbered; the northwestern portion is level and interspersed with prairies and skirts of timber; the centre is level barrens; the south and east, rolling, with formerly heavy timber. Formerly, this county presented some magnificent forests of walnut and beach, and other timber. Washington is the county seat of Daviess County. It is a small town, but full of life and thrift, surrounded by a rich and fertile district, with good railroad facilities; in the near future it cannot fail to grow and prosper. It has good incorporated schools. The district schools of the county are fully up to the average.

Daviess County was founded in 1818. It was named for Maj. Joseph Hamilton Daviess, U.S. District Attorney for Kentucky, killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. The settlement of the county began along the White River that afforded farmers a convenient means to transport their crops for sale. The county was originally heavily forested in the  northeast leading to a thriving timber industry during the first half of the 1800s. Daviess County shares its namesake with another nearby Daviess County of Kentucky. Both Counties are in the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky Tri-State area.

Barr - Bogard - Elmore - Harrison - Madison - Reeve - Steele - Van Buren - Veale - Washington

Alfordsville - Cannelburg - Elnora - Montgomery - Odon - Plainville - Washington

Black Oak - Capehart - Cornettsville - Corning - Epsom - Farlen - Glendale - Graham - Hudsonville - Jordan - Maysville - Pennyville - Raglesville - South Washington


County Seat: Washington
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 436.87


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Where to find information in Daviess County, Indiana

Washington Carnegie Library
300 W. Main St.
Washington, IN 47501
Carnegie Public Library
858 2nd Street
Plainville, IN
Daviess County Courthouse
200 E. Walnut St.
Washington, IN 47501
Health Department
303 E. Hetron St.
Washington, IN 47501
Daviess County Museum & Historical Society
212 E.  Main Street
Washington, IN 47501

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