Indiana is divided into ninety-two counties. The oldest and newest Counties in Indiana are Knox County
(created 1790) and Newton County (created 1857).Many Indiana counties are named for the US Founding Fathers and personalities of the American Revolutionary War,
the War of 1812 and Battle of Tippecanoe; early leaders of Indiana Territory and Indiana, as well as surrounding
states like Michigan and Kentucky; plus Native American tribes and geographical features.
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BentonCounty is located in the northwest part of the state of Indiana, along the border with Illinois. As of 2010, the county's
population was 8,854. Benton County was created
on February 18, 1840. The countyseat is Fowler.
The county is named for Thomas H. Benton, United States
Senator from Missouri.
Benton County is part of the Lafayette, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Benton County Name
Benton County is named for Thomas H. Benton, United States Senator.
Benton County was formed February 18, 1840. It is named for Thomas H. Benton (D), US Senator from Missouri. The
original county seat selected in 1843 was Oxford, but after a long struggle between contending factions it was moved to
Fowler in 1874.
The county contains six incorporated towns as well as several small
unincorporated settlements. Benton County is divided into 11 Civil Townships as follows: Bolivar, Center, Gilboa, Grant, Hickory Grove, Oak
Grove, Parish Grove, Pine, Richland, Union and York.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 406 square miles (1,053 km2), of which 406
square miles (1,052 km2) is land and 0 square miles (0 km2) (0.02%) is water.