Morgan County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 55

Morgan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 66,689. Its estimated 2005 population was 69,778. The county seat is Martinsville[1]. Morgan is one of seven counties contiguous to Marion County, and is located between Indianapolis, in Marion County, and Bloomington, located in Monroe County. Two state highways, State Roads 37 and 67, carry large numbers of daily commuters between the two larger communities.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 409 square miles (1,060 km²), of which 406 square miles (1,053 km²) is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) (0.71%) is water. Morgan County is bisected by the White River Valley; the community has taken an interest in recent years in protecting the river as an asset, seeking to develop parks and greenways along the White River and initiating an annual river clean up day in the spring.

The county also is home to large areas of land that were not glaciated during the last ice age. The river valley and contributing watersheds, along with the non-glaciated hills, results in a topography unlike the rest of the metropolitan Indianapolis area. County residents are proud of the scenic terrain, and in recent years have established a county park system and a bike/pedestrian trail system plan to provide protection and access to the amenities. An annual five mile (8 km) run ("Run to the Future", June 10, 2006) is held as a fundraiser for the path system endowment.

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