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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.

White County, Indiana

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White County is a county located in the state of Indiana. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 24,643. White County was created on April 1, 1834. The county seat is Monticello. The county is named for Captain Isaac White, hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe.

Etymology - Origin of White County Name

The county is named for War of 1812 hero Colonel Isaac White, a native of Gallatin County, Illinois, who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe.


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White County History

White County was organized April 1, 1834. It was named for Isaac White of Equality, Illinois who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. White was a Colonel in the Illinois militia, who volunteered to serve as a Private in the Indiana militia in the march against Prophetstown. He was placed under the command of Kentucky Maj. Joseph Hamilton Daviess. The two exchanged swords in a demonstration of mutual respect at Fort Vincennes. In the Battle of Tippecanoe they died together and were buried in a common grave at Battle Ground.

White County is divided into 12 Civil Townships as follows: Big Creek, Cass, Honey Creek, Jackson, Liberty, Lincoln, Monon, Prairie, Princeton, Round Grove, Union and West Point.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 509 square miles (1,318 km2), of which 505 square miles (1,309 km2) is land and 4 square miles (9 km2) (0.70%) is water.

White county is located in northwest Indiana. Lake Shaffer is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Pulaski County
  • East: Cass County
  • Southeast: Carroll County
  • South: Tippecanoe County
  • Southwest: Benton County
  • Northwest: Jasper County


Public schools in White County are administered by the Frontier School Corporation, North White School Corporation, Tri-County School Corporation and Twin Lakes School Corporation.

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