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Fountain County lies in the western part of the state of Indiana on the east side of the Wabash River. According to the 2000 census, its population was 17,954; the 2010 population was 17,240. Fountain County was created on April 1, 1826. The county seat is Covington. The county is named for Major James Fontaine, a hero of the American Revolutionary War.
The county is named for Major James Fontaine of Kentucky who was killed at Harmar's Defeat (near modern Fort Wayne, Indiana) on October 22, 1790 during the Northwest Indian War.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Parts of Montgomery and Wabash counties were taken to form Fountain county when it was formally organized December 31, 1825, becoming effective April 1, 1826. It was named for Major James Fontaine of Kentucky who was killed at Harmar's Defeat (near modern Fort Wayne, Indiana) on October 22, 1790 during the Northwest Indian War.
Fountain County is divided into 11 Civil Townships as follows: Cain, Davis, Fulton, Jackson, Logan, Mill Creek, Richland, Shawnee, Troy, Van Buren and Wabash.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 398 square miles (1,031 km2), of which 396 square miles (1,025 km2) is land and 2 square miles (6 km2) (0.56%) is water.
Fountain county is located close to the center of Indiana. Along the Wabash River located are the Portland Arch Nature Preserve and the Miller-Campbell Memorial Tract, a 435-acre preserve.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Public schools in Fountain County are administered by three bodies. The Attica Consolidated School Corporation, in the northern part of the county, served 964 students during the 2009-2010 school year and includes Attica Elementary School and Attica Junior-Senior High School. The Covington Community School Corporation, in the west, served 1,012 students during the same year and includes Covington Elementary School, Covington Middle School, and Covington High School. In the southeast, the Southeast Fountain School Corporation served 1,279 students and includes Southeast Fountain Elementary School and Fountain Central Junior-Senior High School