Parke County, Indiana

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Indiana county number 61

Parke County is a county in the western part of the U.S. state of Indiana. It was formed in 1821 out of a portion of Vigo County. The county seat is Rockville[1].

According to the 2000 census, the population was 17,241;[2] the 2009 estimate was 16,896.[3] It has a population density of about 39 inhabitants per square mile (15 /km2).[4] The county contains seven incorporated towns and many unincorporated communities, and is divided into thirteen townships which provide local services to the residents.[5]

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History

Parke County was formed in 1821. It was named for Capt. Benjamin Parke, who commanded a troop of light Dragoons at the Battle of Tippecanoe.[6] Parke was a delegate of Indiana Territory to the U.S. Congress. In 1821, he was U.S. District Judge for Indiana.

Baseball great Mordecai Brown was born in the unincorporated town of Nyesville in Parke County in 1876.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 450.09 square miles (1,165.7 km2), of which 444.77 square miles (1,151.9 km2) is land and 5.32 square miles (13.8 km2) (or 1.18%) is water.[7]

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