Historic Travel Guide to Ripley County

Historic Travel Guide to Ripley County

Discover the historic nooks and crannies in Ripley County, Indiana. The Historic Travel Guide to Ripley County reveals the many places history has touched in the county. The author’s included Ripley County History Auto Tour takes the traveler through the many historic places in the county. The book covers many Ripley County towns including Batesville, Versailles, Osgood, Napoleon, Sunman and Milan.

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Table of Contents

Origin of the County Form of Government – Page 1
Local Government Organization in Indiana – Page 6
Power of Indiana Counties – Page 7
County Finances – Page 8
Meetings and Records – Page 10
Native Tribes – Page 11
Colonial American Time Line – A Brief History – Page 14
March to Statehood – Indiana Time Line – Page 47
Ripley County – Page 83
Ripley County Contacts – Page 85
Ripley County History – Page 85
Biographical Sketch of County’s Namesake – Page 93
Pioneer Lifestyle – Page 94
Ripley County Courthouse – Page 105
Ripley County Townships – Page 110
Adams Township – Page 110
Batesville Indiana – Page 112
Sunman, Indiana – Page 180
Morris, Indiana – Page 199
Penntown, Indiana – Page 203
Spades, Indiana – Page 204
Brown Township – Page 205
Benham – Page 208
Cross Plains – Page 211
Friendship – Page 214
Olean – Page 220
Center Township – Page 222
Osgood – Page 224
Otter Village – Page 271
Delaware Township – Page 272
Delaware – Page 273
Lookout – Page 277
Prattsburg – Page 107
Franklin Township – Page 280
Milan – Page 282
Behlmer Corner – Page 301
Clinton – Page 301
Old Milan – Page 302
Pierceville – Page 303
Stumpke Corner – Page 310
Jackson Township – Page 311
Napoleon – Page 312
Johnson Township – Page 332
Versailles – Page 334
Laughery Township – Page 389
Ballstown – Page 391
Batesville Indiana – Page 393
Cross Roads – Page 393
Laugheryville – Page 393
Otter Creek Township – Page 395
Allen Crossing – Page 396
Dabney – Page 397
Holton – Page 398
Jackson – Page 408
Shelby Township – Page 409
Haney Corner – Page 412
Jolleyville – Page 412
New Carrollton – Page 412
New Marion – Page 413
Rexville – Page 420
Washington Township – Page 421
Milan – See Franklin Township Article
Elrod – Page 423
Stringtown – Page 424
Ripley County Media – Page 426
Ripley County Volunteer Fire Departments – Page 426
Ripley County Public Libraries – Page 431
Ripley County Post Offices – Page 432
Ripley County History Tree – Page 440
Rural Electricity – Page 443
Ripley Flywheelers – Page 445
Ripley County Railroads – Page 445
Ripley County Historical Museums – Page 446
Ripley County National Register of Historic Sites – Page 446
Ripley County Historical Markers – Page 449
Ripley County Historic Bridges – Page 452
Ripley County Schools – Page 454
Ripley County Famous and Notable People – Page 462
Ripley County Historic Attractions – Page 463
Ripley County Law Enforcement – Page 467
Ripley County Parks – Page 468
Ripley County Highways – Page – 469
Ripley County Historic Roads and Principal Back Roads – Page 484
Ripley County Community Organizations – Page 495
Ripley County Golf – Page 515
Ripley County Agri-tourism – Page 515
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge – Page 518
Ripley County Churches – Page 518
Ripley County Auto Trails – Page 527
Ripley County Waterways – Page 527
The Author’s Ripley County Road Trip – Page 527
Underground Railroad Driving Trails – Page 536
Ripley County Driving Trail – Page 540
Multi-County Auto Tours that Include Ripley County – Page 542
John Hunt Morgan Civil War Heritage Trail – Page 542
Historic Michigan Road – Page 550
Indiana Wine Trail – Page 551
Indiana’s Historic Pathways – Page 553
Southern Indiana Trails to Freedom – Page 556
Ripley County Time Line – Page 559
Acknowledgements – Page 576
About the Author – Page 620
Mossy Feet Books Catalogue – Page 621
Sample Chapter – Page 622
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