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History of Lawrence
Spice Valley School Enrollment
The Biggest Man in
Bedford Tragedy in
of Henry Trueblood
The First Jail in Lawrence County
Sheriff's of Lawrence County
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
Lawrence County is the Limestone Capital of the
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.
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.
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 -
CITIES AND TOWNS
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
CENSUS DESIGNATED PLACES
Avoca - Williams
County Seat: Bedford
Juliet - Liberty - Palestine - Woodville
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 451.93
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Where to find information in Lawrence County,
|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
|Lawrence County Historian
Ronald E. Bell
100 20th St
Bedford, IN 47421-4430
|Lawrence County Clerk
916 15th St
Bedford, IN 47421
|Lawrence County Railroad Historical Society
1420 I St
Bedford, IN 47421-3324
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