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


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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--

Astronauts
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

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

 CITIES AND TOWNS
Bedford - Mitchell - Oolitic

 UNINCORPORATED COMMUNITIES
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 

 EXTINCT TOWNS
Juliet - Liberty - Palestine - Woodville 

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

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Online Records

Biographies Marriage Index
Birth Index Marriage Notices
Birth Notices Military
Books Miscellaneous
Burial Index Museums
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Census Data Newspapers
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County History Photographs
Court Records Pioneers
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Website Updates:
2016Nov
additional Lawrence county History, Local Sights, Oolitic Limestone, Astronauts, National Protected Area, listing of Cities and Towns, Unincorporated Communities, Census Designated Places, Extinct Towns, Research Resources - Main Index Page
Obits: Mrs. Adam Brosmer - submitted by Kathryn Todd

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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
812-278-8575
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
812-275-6681
Lawrence County Clerk
916 15th St
Bedford, IN 47421
812-275-4145
(legal documents)
Lawrence County Railroad Historical Society
1420 I St
Bedford, IN 47421-3324



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