Blackford County, Indiana

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Blackford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 14,048. The county seat is Hartford City[1].

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History

Blackford County was formed on April 2, 1838. It is named for Judge Isaac Blackford, the first Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly. Blackford served as a Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court from 1817 to 1853. The county seat of Hartford City was selected June 10, 1841. The county, along with much of east central Indiana, experienced tremendous growth in the late 19th century due to the discovery of natural gas deposits in the area.[2][3][4]

The first settlement in the county was Montpelier, Indiana. It was started by John Blount and a group of settlers from Vermont who named it in honor of the city in their home state.[5] Hartford City grew after plans were made to connect it to Fort Wayne by rail in 1849. However, that railroad was the second to reach Hartford City. The first railroad in town was the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad, which was completed to Hartford City in 1867.[6]

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