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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.
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|Family Bibles/Stories||Historical Landmarks|
Bios: Jerry Clealand; HON. JOHN TIPTON SHIELDS; HON. JASON B. BROWN; HON. SAMUEL H. MITCHELL; HON. DAVID McCLURE
Marriage Notice: Baughman-Pfaffenberger
Obits: John Mosker; John L. Robinson
Census: 1830 Census for Grassyfork Township
Land Records: Sale of Sinking Fund Lands
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