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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.

Rush County, Indiana

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Rush County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 17,392. Rush County was created on April 1, 1822. The county seat is Rushville. The county is named for Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer the Declaration of Independence.

Etymology - Origin of Rush County Name

The county is named for Dr. Benjamin Rush who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Surgeon General of Armies of the Middle Department during the Revolutionary War.


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Rush County History

Rush County was organized by an act of the Legislature December 31, 1821, which became effective April 1, 1822. It was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Rush, who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Rush County is divided into 12 Civil Townships as follows: Anderson, Center, Jackson, Noble, Orange, Posey, Richland, Ripley, Rushville, Union, Walker and Washington.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 409 square miles (1,058 km2), of which 408 square miles (1,057 km2) is land and 0 square miles (1 km2) (0.08%) is water.

Rush county is located close to the center of Indiana. The county is drained by Big Blue River and Flat Rock Creek.


Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Henry County
  • East: Fayette County
  • Southeast: Franklin County
  • South: Decatur County
  • Southwest: Shelby County
  • Northwest: Hancock County


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