Owen County, Indiana
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Owen County Courthouse in Spencer, Indiana

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History of Owen County

Big Journal of James K. Wells
From Stockton/Coal City for Owen County, Indiana


Owen County, Indiana

Owen County was formed in 1819. It was named after Abraham Owen, a colonel who died at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1920, the United States Census reported Owen County as the Center of Population for the U.S. at a point 8 miles south-southwest of Spencer, Indiana. The center moved the shortest distance since census data collecting began in 1790 (just under 10 miles) from its previous center in Bloomington, IN. When the East experienced high rates of growth, as it did in the decades between 1890 and 1920, the Westward movement of the center slowed.

The county seat is Spencer.

National Register of Historic Places in Owen County
Allison-Robingson House, 3 N. Montgomery St, Spencer
David Enoch Beem House, 635 W. Hillside Ave, Spencer
Cataract Covered Bridge, junction of County Roads 235W and 1000N over Mill Creek in the Leiber State Recreation Area at Cataract, Jennings Township
CCC Recreation Building-Nature Museum, McCormick's Creek State Park, W of the junction of State Roads 43 and 46, and E of Spencer
Ennis Archaelogical Site, Clay Township
Gosport Historic District, roughly bounded by Church, Walnut, 5th and 3rd Sts, Gosport
McCormick's Creek State Park Entrance and Gatehouse, McCormick's Creek State Park, W of the junction of State Roads 43 and 46 and E of Spencer, Washington Township
Moffett-Ralston House, 1.5 miles NE of Patricksburg on Bixler Rd, Lafayette Township
Dr. H.G. Osgood, 11 E. North St, Gosport
Owen County Courthouse, Courthouse Square, Spencer
Secrest Ferry Bridge, County Road 450E over the West Fork of the White River, W of Gosport, Wayne Township
Secrest-Wampler House, 1816 Concord Rd, SW of Gosport, Washington Township
Spencer Public Library, 110 E. Market St, Spencer
Spencer Town Hall and Fire Station, 84 S. Washington St, Spencer
Stone Arch Bridge over McCormick's Creek, McCormick's Creek State Park, W of the junction of State Roads 43 and 46 and E of Spencer, Washington Township

Clay - Franklin - Harrison - Jackson - Jefferson - Jennings - Lafayette - Marion - Montgomery - Morgan - Taylor - Washington - Wayne

Gosport - Spencer

Coal City - Freedom - Patricksburg - Quincy


County Seat: Spencer
Year Organized: 1819
Square Miles: 387.82


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Directory 1868


Bio: David Beem

Land Records: Sale of Sinking Fund Lands



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Where to find information in Owen County, Indiana

Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 569
Spencer, IN 47460
Owen County Public Library
10 S. Montgomery St.
Spencer, IN 47460
Owen County Health Department
60 S. Main St, 1st Floor
Spencer, IN 47460
(birth & death records)
Owen County Recorder
60 S. Main St.
Spencer, IN 47460
(land records)
Owen County Clerk
P.O. Box 146
Spencer, IN 47460
(marriage records)

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