Ohio County

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Ohio County is named for the Ohio River which flows along the eastern edge of the county, and which river was named for the Iroquois word meaning “beautiful river”.


Created:  January 4, 1844

County Seat: 

Rising Sun  1844 – present


County Courthouse – Rising Sun 


Location:  413 Main Street / South Mulberry Street

Built:  1844 – 1845

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Colonel Abel C Pepper and local trades

Contractor:  Colonel Abel C Pepper and local trades


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and white wood  structure. The north front has a large portico supported by four large white columns which support a wide pediment at the roof line. A balcony is along the second story of the portico with stairs along the center. Along the south side is the new red brick Annex built in 2002. The architect was Preservation Architecture Services Team and the contractor was Pool Group Inc.


Note:  The Commissioner Minutes from 1844 are missing and it is presumed that the minutes were lost when the Recorder’s Office was destroyed by fire in 1885.  The building was constructed by local labor under the supervision of Colonel Abel C Pepper who donated the land.



N – Dearborn County 

E – Boone County, Kentucky

S – Switzerland County

W – Switzerland County and Ripley County























Photos taken 2008 and 2012