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History of Pike County
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county lies in the southwestern corner of the
State. It is an irregular shaped county, and
contains 300 square miles, or 192,000 acres. It
was organized in 1817, and was named in honor of
General Z. M. Pike, who fell at the capture of
York, April twenty seventh, 1813. The surface of
the county is either level or rolling. In the
western part of the county the soil is a rich,
dark loam, with a mixture of sand, which renders
it very friable. The bottom lands of the White
river, which forms the northern boundary of the
county, and the Patoka, which flows through the
center, and which form about one sixth part of the
county, are very rich and productive; probably no
larger crops of corn are raised in any part of the
West. Walnut, hickory, poplar, cottonwood, ash,
pecan and elm, are the prevailing timber. The land
in the eastern part of the county is more sandy,
and the timber consists mainly of oak, hickory,
gum, sassafras, and dogwood.
Petersburgh, situated in the north part of the
county, in Washington township, is the county
seat. It is a town of 1,200 people, and possesses
all the facilities usual for towns of this size.
Pike county possesses no railroad facilities as
yet, but the Wabash and Erie canal passes through
the north western portion.
The numerous statistical tables in another part of
this volume will be found to give additional
information in regard to the counties, such as
population, area, wealth and taxation,
manufactures, agricultural products, value of
farms and farming implements, schools and value of
school property, churches, etc.
[Source: An Illustrated History of the State of
Indiana: Being a Full and Authentic Civil and
Political History of the State from Its First
Exploration Down to 1875 : Including an Account of
the Commercial, Agricultural and Educational
Growth of Indiana : with Historical and
Descriptive Sketches of the ... By De Witt Clinton
Goodrich, Charles Richard Tuttle Published by R.S.
Peale & Co., 1875]
From 1959 to 1963 Vance Hartke and Homer E.
Capehart were the U.S. Senators for Indiana, both
from Pike County.
Zebulon Pike, famous for his Pike Expedition of
1806-1807, exploring the southwest portion of the
Louisiana Purchase. Pike commanded the 4th
Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Tippecanoe in
1811. He was killed as a brigadier general during
the War of 1812 after his men had captured York
(now Toronto), Canada.
National Protected Area
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and
National Register of Historic Places in
Palace Lodge, Center and Main Sts,
Patoka Bridges Historic District, along County
Road 300 W. spanning the Patoka River, N of
Oakland City, Logan Township
Pike County Courthouse, 901 Main St, Petersburg
Clay - Jefferson - Lockhart - Logan - Madison -
Marion - Monroe - Patoka - Washington
CITIES AND TOWNS
Petersburg - Spurgeon - Winslow
Otwell - Stendal - Velpen
County Seat: Petersburg
Year Organized: 1816
Square Miles: 341.09
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Where to find information in Pike County,
|Pike County Clerk's
P.O. Box 125
Petersburg, IN 47567
|Pike County Department
(birth & death records)
|Pike County Public
1008 Maple St
Petersburg, IN 47567
|Pike County Indiana
Historical Society & Museum
1104 E. Main St, P.O. Box 216
|Pike County Indiana
P.O. Box 83
Petersburg, IN 47567-1736
|Pike County Historian
709 E Locust St.
Petersburg, IN 47567-1635
Sandra L. McBeth
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