Clark County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 10

Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana, located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. At the 2000 Census, the population was 96,472. As of 2007, the county's population was estimated at 105,035.[1] The county seat is Jeffersonville.[2] Clarksville is also a major city in the county.

Clark County is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Clark County lies on the north bank of the Ohio River. A significant gateway to the state of Indiana, Clark County’s settlement began in 1783. The state of Virginia rewarded General George Rogers Clark and his regiment for their victorious capture of Forts Kaskaskia, Cahokia, and Vincennes from the British by granting them 150,000 acres (610 km2) of land. A small portion of this land, 1,000 acres (4.0 km2), became known as Clarksville, the first authorized American settlement in Northwest Territory, founded the next year in 1784.[3]

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