Ohio County is a part of the southeastern portion of the state of Indiana. The name is fitting for the county as the eastern boundary exists on the banks of the Ohio River that also divides Indiana from Kentucky. The county is small with a population of only 6,130 and only 87 square miles of land space.
As a result, Ohio County represents the smallest county in the state of Indiana both in terms of land size and population. Rising Sun serves as the county seat and is also the only incorporated town in the county. It was established in 1844, also making Ohio County one of the last counties to officially join the state.
In addition to bordering the state of Kentucky to the east where the Ohio River separates the two states, Ohio County also serves as part of the Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN metropolitan area. Within the county, four townships help serve locals with services based on proximity. The four adjacent counties are: Dearborn County (to the north), Ripley County (to the northwest), Switzerland County (to the south), and Boone County (to the east). Boone County is the only one of the four adjacent counties that is not in Indiana, but rather Kentucky.
Rising Sun exists on the banks of the iconic Ohio River. It is part of the Randolph Township which lies within Ohio County. The population of Rising Sun was 2,300 according to the 2010 census. The tiny community is mostly known for the Rising Star Casino Resort, which was formerly the Grand Victoria Casino & Resort.
The casino has been in operation since 1996 and helps bring income into the very small community which is otherwise rural based. Rising Star Casino Resort is an affiliate of Hyatt Corporation and features a 2,700 passenger riverboat that takes passengers down the Ohio River while being offered 40,000 square feet of gaming space.
In addition to the casino, Rising Star is known for a post office that has been in operation since 1844. Rising Star has grown very slowly since being officially established in 1816. Interesting enough, it was originally a part of Maryland yet after Indiana became a state the town became a part of Indiana. Rising Sun initially attracted many German immigrants and the little community served as a stop for flatboats during the 19th century.
The Rising Sun Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Clore Plow Works-J.W. Whitlock and Company building is also on the iconic list. One notable citizen of Rising Sun was Joseph Barricklow, an Illinois lawyer and state legislator.
The county offers two schools for youngsters. The Ohio County Elementary and Middle School houses approximately 650 students. Meanwhile, the Rising Sun High School has an enrollment of about 265 students. The County Public Library helps further endorse educational values within the region.
Ohio County has three primary state highways that pass through its area. These include State Road 56, State Road 156, and State Road 262. Additionally, US Route 50 is just outside Ohio County and its northern boundary in Dearborn County.
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