Jackson County, Indiana
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History of Jackson County Townships

Reno Gang

Naturalization Records

The Honored Dead



Jackson County, Indiana

Jackson County was named for Andrew Jackson, who defeated the British in 1815 at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, and later became President.

Jackson County is at the crossroads of Interstate 65 and U.S. 50. The East Fork of the White River bisects it northeast to southwest.

Settlements spread in the early 1800s. Vallonia, just south of the county seat of Brownstone, is believed to have been an early location for French traders. Seymour in the northeast corner became the largest incorporated area shortly after north-south and east-west railroads intersected there about 1852.

Jackson County was the site of the first recorded train robbery of a moving train in the United States. On October 6, 1866 the Reno Gang robbed an Ohio and Mississippi Railway train making off with over $10,000. They were nicknamed: "The Jackson Thieves" later on.

Jackson County is home to the longest 3-span covered bridge in the world; The Medora Covered Bridge. After a recent project to completely refurbish the Medora Covered Bridge the nearby town of Medora now has an annual event using the bridge as the focal point. The bridge is open for pedestrian traffic and site-seers. Another long neglected covered bridge, The Bell Ford Bridge, which is believed the last remaining Poss Truss bridge in the world, succumbed to similar neglect, collapsing into the White River on January 2, 2006.

National Protected Areas
Hoosier National Forest
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

National Register of Historic Places in Jackson County, Indiana
Betty-Trimpe Farm, 4475 E. State Road 258, west of Seymour, Hamilton Township
Carr High School, 10059 W. County Road 250 S., west of Medora, Carr Township
Cavanaugh Bridge, 0.6 miles S of County Road 700S on County Road 550W over the Muscatatuck River, Driftwood Township
Farmers Club, 105 S. Chestnut St., Seymour
First Presbyterian Church, 301 N. Walnut St., Seymour
Jackson County Courthouse, 111 S. Main St., Brownstown
Joseph Jackson Hotel, 2420 S. Main St in Vallonia, Driftwood Township
Low Spur Archeological Site, Jackson Township
Medora Covered Bridge, off State Road 235, 1/2 mile SE of Medora over the east fork of the White River, Carr and Driftwood Townships
T. Harlan & Helen Montgomery House, 628 N. Poplar St, Seymour
Picnic Area - Jackson State Forest, approx. 1 mile N of State Road 250 in the Jackson-Washington State Forest, SE of Brownstown, Driftwood Township
Sand Hill Archeological Site, Jackson Township
Seymour Commercial Historic District, roughly bounded by Walnut, 3rd, Ewing & Bruce Sts, Seymour
Shields' Mill Covered Bridge, Shields Rd across the East Fork of the White River, Brownstown & Hamilton Townships
Southern Indiana Railroad Freighthouse, 105 N. Broadway, Seymour
George H. Vehslage House, 515 N. Chestnut St, Seymour
Frank Wheeler Hotel, junction of 2nd & Main Sts. at Freetown, Pershing Township

Brownstown - Carr - Driftwood - Grassy Fork - Hamilton - Jackson - Owen - Pershing - Redding - Salt Creek - Vernon - Washington

Brownstown - Cortland - Crothersville - Freetown - Kurtz - Lutheran Lake - Medora - Norman - Retreat - Seymour - Tampico - Vallonia

County Seat: Brownstown
Year Organized: 1816
Square Miles: 513.91


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Where to find information in Jackson County, Indiana

Brownstown Public Library
120 East Spring St
Brownstown, IN 47220
Jackson County Public Library
303 West Second St
Seymour, IN 47274
Crothersville Branch Library
120 East Main St.
Crothersville, IN 47229
Medora Branch Library
27 West Main St
Medora, IN 47260
Jackson County Genealogical Society
415 1/2 South Poplar St.
Brownstown, IN 47220-1939
Jackson County Historical Society
115 North Sugar St
Brownstown, IN 47220
Jackson County Health Department
801 West Second St
Seymour, IN 47274
(birth & death records)
Jackson County Recorder
P.O. Box 75
Brownstown, IN 47220
(land records)
Jackson County Clerk
111 South Main St
Brownstown, IN 47220-0122
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