Tippecanoe County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 79

Tippecanoe County is a county located in the northwest quadrant of the U.S. state of Indiana. It was created in 1826 from Wabash County.[1] It is part of the Lafayette, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to the 2000 census, the population was 148,955;[2] the 2009 population estimate was 167,964.[3] The county seat is Lafayette[4].

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History

Tippecanoe County was formed March 1, 1826, and named for the anglicization of "Kethtippecanoogi", a Miami term meaning "place of the succor fish people." (Kriebel, Robert C. - Tippecanoe at 2000: A Hoosier County Recalls Its Past). The county is best known for the Battle of Tippecanoe and Purdue University. The Tippecanoe County Courthouse, built in 1881, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 503.07 square miles (1,302.95 km2), of which 499.79 square miles (1,294.45 km2) is land and 3.28 square miles (8.50 km2), or 0.65%, is water.[5]

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