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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.

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