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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.

Ripley County, Indiana

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Ripley County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 28,818. Ripley County was created on April 10, 1818. The county seat is Versailles. The county is named for General E. W. Ripley, hero of the War of 1812.

Etymology - Origin of Ripley County Name

The county is named for War of 1812 hero General E. W. Ripley who later represented Louisiana in the United States Congress.


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Ripley County History

Ripley County was organized April 10, 1818. It was named for General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, an officer in the War of 1812, who was mainly remembered for the Battle of Lundy's Lane and the Siege of Fort Erie, in 1814.

Ripley County is divided into 11 Civil Townships as follows: Adams, Brown, Center, Delaware, Franklin, Jackson, Johnson, Laughery, Otter Creek, Shelby and Washington

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 448 square miles (1,160 km2), of which 446 square miles (1,156 km2) is land and 2 square miles (4 km2) (0.35%) is water.

Ripley county is located in southeast Indiana. Part of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Franklin County
  • East: Dearborn County
  • Southeast: Ohio County; Switzerland County
  • Southwest: Jefferson County; Jennings County
  • Northwest: Decatur County


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