Hoosier History Highlights June 14 – 20th
June 14 – June 20
The Week in Indiana History
Brown County Philosopher Abe Martin says: “It’s what we learn after we think we know it all that counts.”
– – – Kin Hubbard (1868 – 1930)
Did You Know?
What’s in a Name? Indiana has 92 counties. Alphabetically, the list begins with Adams and ends with Whitley. Where did the county names come from? A quick survey reveals that they reflect a wide swath of United States and Indiana history. Seven counties are named for United States Presidents (Adams, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Washington.) Many honor men who fought in the American Revolution, the Battle of Tippecanoe, or the War of 1812. Examples are Greene, Lawrence, Daviess, and Spencer. Famous patriots are represented in counties such as Franklin, Henry, and Hamilton. At least four counties carry the names of signers of the Declaration of Independence (Carroll, Hancock, Huntington, Rush.) Some pay tribute to explorers and frontiersmen like Boone, Clark, and Pike. Others, like Jay, Blackford, Johnson, and Marshall, reflect upon our judicial history. The state’s Native American heritage is reflected in counties like Delaware and Miami. One county, Fulton, is named for the inventor of the steamboat. Some counties are not named for people at all. Ohio, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Wabash, LaPorte, and Lake counties all represent rivers or geographic locations. To conclude this quick review, there is one Indiana county named for another country. Switzerland County was settled by immigrants from that European nation.
ANSWERS: 1. B Floyd County 2. D Allen County 3. E Franklin County 4. A Madison County 5. C Brown County