Brownstown, Indiana

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Brownstown is a town in Brownstown Township, Jackson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 3,000 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Jackson County[3]. It was named for Jacob Brown, a General of the War of 1812.



The town of Brownstown was founded 8 April 1816, notably prior to the statehood of Indiana itself. Brownstown became the county seat of Jackson County in November 1816, replacing Fort Vallonia [approximately 3 miles (4.8 km.) SW of Brownstown], which had only been the county seat since June of that year. The land for the Jackson County Court House, which rests in the heart of Brownstown on the square, was donated by Col. John Ketcham (1782–1865) for this specific function.


Brownstown is located at 38°52′47″N 86°2′46″W / 38.87972°N 86.04611°W / 38.87972; -86.04611 (38.879823, -86.046163)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), all of it land.

Brownstown lies on the East Fork of the White River, bordered by the Jackson-Washington State Forest and very near the Hoosier National Forest.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,000 people, 1,168 households, and 805 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,080.6 people per square mile (804.1/km²). There were 1,242 housing units at an average density of 867.7/sq mi (335.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.76% White, 0.10% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population.

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