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Welcome to Lawrence County, Indiana
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Gristmill, Lawrence County, Indiana

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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

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