Rockport, Indiana

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Rockport is a city in Ohio Township, Spencer County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. The population was 2,160 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Spencer County[3].

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Geography

Rockport is located at 37°53′01″N 87°03′11″W / 37.883742°N 87.053065°W / 37.883742; -87.053065.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), of which, 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.68%) is water.

Rockport is nestled on the Ohio River across from Owensboro, Kentucky. It is connected to Owensboro by the William H. Natcher Bridge via U.S. Highway 231.

History

The county seat and the largest city in Spencer County, Rockport was first settled in 1808 by James Lankford and his family. James, his wife and daughter, lived in a cave under the bluff overlooking the Ohio River. In 1818, the town officially became the county seat and people moved to the top of the 200 foot high bluffs to avoid the yearly floods. The town spread to the north and west with numerous manufacturing facilities, including two flour mills, four tobacco warehouses, three sawmills, two breweries, one carding mill, five wagon and buggy manufacturers, a furniture factory, three brickyards and seven churches. With a thriving port, Rockport was known by all who used the Ohio River. However, inland access was improved in 1874 when a rail line was constructed that linked the city with Jasper to the north. Later, in 1906, another interurban rail line linked Rockport to other Southern Indiana cities.[1]

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