Perry County, Indiana
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History of Perry County

Land Records in Perry County


Perry County, Indiana

This county was named in honor of the gallant Commodore Oliver H. Perry. With the exception of about twenty thousand acres of bottom land, along the Ohio, and Anderson rivers, and some tracts of wet beech lands at the heads of the streams, the balance of the county is very hilly. On the bottoms and a portion of the hill sides and tops, the soil is rich, but much of the largest part of the county is what is usually denominated poor land, though there is but a small part of it which may not, with careful farming, be made productive. The timber is of an excellent quality; the best of oak and poplar are found on the hills, and in the bottoms sugar, beech, ash and walnut. The surplus articles exported are corn, hay, pork, etc. The trade in wood and coal for the Ohio river steamboats is large and profitable.

Cannelton, the county seat, is located in the southern part of the county on the Ohio river. It is quite a large and flourishing town, with creditable public improvements.

The Population in 1860 was 11,847 and in 1870 it was 14,801.

Perry County was formed on November 1, 1814 (two years before the state of Indiana was admitted to the Union) from Warrick County. 

National Register of Historic Places in Perry County
Cannelton Colton Mills, bounded by Front, 4th, Washington and Adam Sts, Cannelton
Cannelton Historic District, roughly bounded by Richardson, Taylor, 1st and Madison Sts, Cannelton
Huffman Mill Covered Bridge, CR 1490N over the Anderson River, E of Fulda, Anderson Township
Nester House, 300 Water St, Troy
Old Perry County Courthouse, Town Square at Rome, Tobin
Rickenbaugh House, SW of St. Croix in the Hoosier National Forest, Oil Township
Rockhouse Cliffs Rock Shelters, about 150 feet from the spring in Rockhouse Hollow, NW of Derby, Union Township
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 3rd and Washington St, Cannelton

Anderson - Clark - Leopold - Oil - Tobin - Troy - Union

Cannelton - Leopold - Tell City - Troy

Adyeville - Apalona - Bandon - Branchville - Bristow - Buzzard Roast - Celina - Derby - Dexter - Dodd - Don Juan - Doolittle Mills - Fenn Haven - Fosters Ridge - Gatchel - Gerald - German Ridge - Hardingrove - Huffman - Kitterman Corners - Lashers - Lauer - Lilly Dale - Magnet - Mano - Millstone - Mount Pleasant - Oil Creek - Oriole - Penn Haven - Prospero - Ranger - Rome - Saddle Lake - Saint Croix - Saint Marks - Sassafras - Siberia - Sugar Ridge - Terry - Tipsaw - Tobinsport - Uniontown - Waterbury


County Seat: Tell  City
Year Organized: 1814
Square Miles: 386.29


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Where to find information in Perry County, Indiana

Perry County Health Department
125 S. 8th St, Courthouse Annex
Cannelton, IN 47520-1251
(birth & death certificates from 1882)
Perry County Circuit Court Clerk
2219 Payne Street
Tell City, IN 47586
(marriage, divorce & probate records)
Perry County Recorder
Courthouse, 2219 Payne Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Tell City Historical Society
548 9th Street
Tell City, IN 47586

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