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Indiana Counties

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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Putnam County, Indiana

Putnam County Education, Geography, and HistoryPutnam County, Indiana Courthouse

Putnam County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 37,963. Putnam County was created on April 1, 1822. The county seat is Greencastle. The county is named for General Israel Putnam, hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Putnam County is included in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Putnam County Name

The county is named for Revolutionary War hero General Israel Putnam.


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Putnam County History

Putnam County was organized April 1, 1822. Greencastle is the County Seat. The town was named at the suggestion of Ephraim Dukes, one of the donors of the land on which this County Seat was established, after Greencastle, Pennsylvania, his native town.

Putnam County is divided into 13 Civil Townships as follows: Clinton, Cloverdale, Floyd, Franklin, Greencastle, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Russell, Warren and Washington.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 483 square miles (1,250 km2), of which 480 square miles (1,244 km2) is land and 2 square miles (6 km2) (0.47%) is water.

Putnam county is located close to the center of Indiana.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Montgomery County
  • Northeast: Hendricks County
  • Southeast: Morgan County
  • South: Owen County
  • Southwest: Clay County
  • Northwest: Parke County


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