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        This county bears the name of Colonel Isaac White, who fell by the side of Colonel Daviess, in the battle of Tippecanoe. About two thirds of the county is prairie, mostly arms of the Grand prairie. All of it has a rich soil, and at least one half is dry and gently undulating, easily farmed, and not inferior to any land in the same latitude for producing good crops of wheat, corn, rye, oats, roots, and fruit; and grass grows well in the flat prairies, where there is less sand mixed with the soil, Nearly one half of them are of this character, and no part of the State is better adapted to raising stock than this kind of prairie. Taking it as a whole, this is a good agricultural county, and the farms have already been wonderfully improved. The Tippecanoe river enters the county six miles west of the north-east corner of the county, and flows in a southerly course, forming the east boundary of the county for a distance of about six miles, in the southeastern portion. This stream affords several very fine water powers, two of which, at Mon­ticello, are considered very superior. Numerous streams flowing into the Tippecanoe, from the east and west, render the county a well watered district. Monticello, the county seat, is situated near the center of the county, on the Tippecanoe river, and the Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw railroad. It has a population of about eighteen hundred, and contains good public improvements. There is located here one of the handsomest graded school buildings to be found in the State. Numerous church edifices attest the religious status of the place. The county possesses fair railroad facilities; the Toledo, Peoria and Warsaw and the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago passing through and crossing near the center of the county, at Reynolds. Among the towns of the county not already named, may be mentioned Bradford, Brookston, Chalmers, Norway, Walcott, Idaville, and Burnetts.    Much of the lands of this county are held by speculators, which, to a certain degree, has hindered a rapid settlement; this, however, is being changed very fast, and we may soon witness White county among the foremost of the State, on the road to prominence and success.

Places To Find Information In White County
White County Historical Society and Museum
101 South Bluff Street   Monticello, IN 47960
Monticello, Union Township Public Library
321 W. Broadway  Monticello, IN 47960 
White County Health Department
{ For Birth & Death Records from ca. 1882 }
 P.O. Box 838  Monticello, IN 47960-0838 
White County Circuit Court Clerk 
{ For Marriage and Divorce Records }
110 North Main Street  Monticello, IN 47960

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