Lawrence County, Indiana
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History of Lawrence County

1916 Spice Valley School Enrollment

Red Cross Cemetery

The Biggest Man in Bedford

Bedford Tragedy in 1866

Biography of Henry Trueblood

Odds and Ends
The First Jail in Lawrence County
Sheriff's of Lawrence County
Abandoned Towns
County Officials


Lawrence County, Indiana

Lawrence County was named for Captain James Lawrence, who uttered the famous words "Don't give up the ship" after being mortally wounded during the War of 1812.

Lawrence County is the Limestone Capital of the World.

Lawrence County was formed in 1818 from land given by Orange County. Until the Battle of Tippecanoe, there was a lack in population of white men, due to the fact that Native Americans still lived in the area. The first trace of settlement in Lawrence County was near Leesville, however, Bono was the first settlement in the county.

Local Sights
Joe Palooka Statue - a statue of a comic strip character Joe Palooka, dedicated in 1948, is located near the town hall in Oolitic.
Spring Mill State Park - located near Mitchell.

Oolitic Limestone
A building material "oolitic limestone" which the town of Oolitic is built upon, provided the name. Quarrying oolitic limestone was the purpose for founding Oolitic. --Read more about it under the Online Records - Towns--

Lawrence County has had several native residents that have become astronauts over the years. They include:
Virgil I. "Gus" Grisson - was born and raised in Mitchell; was killed in the Apollo 1 accident. He was one of the seven original NASA astronauts.  The Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial, located at Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, has many mementos of his career, including the space capsule he commanded, "The Molly Brown" from Gemini 3, and the space suit worn during his Mercury Liberty Bell 7 mission.
Charles "Charlie" Walker - was born and raised in Oolitic
Kenneth "Kenny" Bowersox - was born in Virginia, but was raised in Bedford

National Protected Area
Hoosier National Forest

Bono - Flinn - Guthrie - Indian Creek - Marion - Marshall - Perry - Pleasant Run - Shawswick - Spice Valley

Bedford - Mitchell - Oolitic

Bartlettsville - Bono - Bryantsville - Buddha (aka Flinn's Crossroads) - Coveyville - Coxton - Dark Hallow - East Oolitic (aka Spien Kopj) - Erie - Eureka - Fayetteville - Fort Ritner - Georgia - Guthrie - Hartleyville - Heltonville - Huron - Judah - Lawrenceport - Leeseville - Logan - Moorestown - Murdock - Needmore - Patton Hill - Peerless - Pinhook - Popcorn - Rabbitville - Red Hill - Redding - Riverdale - Shawswick - Silverville - Spring Mill Village - Springville - Stemm - Stonington - Tarry Park - Tunnelton - Yockey - Zelma

Avoca - Williams 

Juliet - Liberty - Palestine - Woodville 

County Seat: Bedford
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 451.93


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Obits: Mrs. Mary A. Rodgers, John Stewart

Land Records: Sale of Sinking Fund Lands
Marriage Licenses – Sept. 1818 –Aug. 1824



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Where to find information in Lawrence County, Indiana

Lawrence County Museum of History &
Edward L Hutton Research Library
929 15th St
Bedford, IN 47421-3813
Lawrence County Health Department
2419 Mitchell Rd
Bedord, IN 47421
(vital records)

Lawrence County Historian
Ronald E. Bell
100 20th St
Bedford, IN 47421-4430
Lawrence County Clerk
916 15th St
Bedford, IN 47421
(legal documents)
Lawrence County Railroad Historical Society
1420 I St
Bedford, IN 47421-3324

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