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Ohio County Courthouse in Rising Sun
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History of Ohio County
county owes its existence to a county seat fight,
which had been waged in Dearborn County for many
years prior to 1844, when Ohio county was formally
organized by an act of the Legislature. There can
be no question but that Ohio County was the direct
result of the three-cornered struggle between
Lawrenceburg, Wilmington and Rising Sun for the
honor of being the county seat of Dearborn County.
The final outcome of the struggle resulted in an
act of the Legislature, passed January 15, 1844,
establishing Ohio County, with Rising Sun as its
The first term of court in Ohio County convened on
the second Monday of December, 1844, at which time
Asaph Buck was the only resident member of the
Ohio County bar. At this first court, Miles C.
Eggleston was the President Judge and Samuel
Fulton and Thomas H. Gilmore were the Associate
Ohio County is the smallest county is the state in
terms of both area and population. The Ohio County
Courthouse was built in the county seat of Rising
Sun in 1845. It is a two-story Greek Revival brick
building measuring about 60 feet by 40 feet,
including the portico supported by Doric pillars.
This courthouse is still in use and is the oldest
continuously-used courthouse in the state.
Ohio County has two schools managed by a single
school corporation. The Ohio County
Elementary-Middle School served a total of 636
students during the 2009-2010 school year. Rising
Sun High School served a total of 264 students
during the same period.
National Register of Historic Places in
Clore Plow Works, J.W. Whitlock and
Company, 212 S. Walnut St, Rising Sun
Laughery Creek Bridge, S of Aurora, W of State
Road 56, Randolph Township
Rising Sun Historic District, roughly bounded by
the Union & Soldier's Cemeteries, High St,
Front St and Maiden Ln, Rising Sun
Cass - Pike - Randolph - Union
INCORPORATED CITIES AND
Bascom Corner - Bear Branch - Blue - Buffalo -
Camp Shor - Cofield Corner - Downey Corner -
French - Hartford - Milton - North
Landing - Pate
County Seat: Rising Sun
Year Organized: 1844
Square Miles: 87.43
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News: CHINESE STUDENTS WILL HOLD
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Obits: Joseph Brinig, John Thomas
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Obits: Mrs. Eunice Spore; Ezekiel
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Register of Historic Places in Ohio County,
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Where to find information in Ohio County,
|Ohio County Health
515 Second St
Rising Sun, IN 47040-1060
(birth & death certs from ca. 1882)
|Ohio County Circuit
413 Main St.
Rising Sun, IN 47040
(marriage, divorce & probate records)
|Ohio County Historical
Society & Museum
212 S. Walnut, P.O. Box 194
Rising Sun, IN 47040
|Ohio County Public
100 North High St.
Rising Sun, IN 47040
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