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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.

Wabash County, Indiana

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Wabash County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 32,888. Wabash County was created on March 1, 1835. The county seat is Wabash. The county is named for the Wabash River.

Etymology - Origin of Wabash County Name

The county is named for the Wabash River.


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Wabash County History

Wabash County was formally organized March 1, 1835. It had previously been a part of what is now Huntington County. It was named for the Wabash River.

The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of the French name for the river, "Ouabache." French traders named the river after the Miami Indian word for the river, "Wabashike" (prounounced "Wah-bah-she-keh"), the word for "pure white." Much of the river bottom is white limestone, now obscured by mud.

Wabash County is divided into 7 Civil Townships as follows: Chester, Lagro, Liberty, Noble, Paw Paw, Pleasant and Waltz.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 421 square miles (1,091 km2), of which 413 square miles (1,070 km2) is land and 8 square miles (20 km2) (1.88%) is water.

Wabash county is located in north Indiana. Much of the Wabash river bottom is white limestone, now hidden by mud.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Kosciusko County
  • Northeast: Whitley County
  • East: Huntington County
  • Southeast: Grant County
  • Southwest: Miami County
  • Northwest: Fulton County


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