Perry County is located along the banks of the
Ohio River on Indianas southernmost borders. With its scenic
river bluffs and rolling hills, Perry County offers sightseers a
diverse array of spectacular vistas as well as an assortment of
Established in 1814, Perry County was named after Commodore Oliver
H. Perry, whose American naval forces defeated the British in the
Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. It was originally settled
by French and English fur trappers and frontiersmen, who were attracted
to the regions natural resources. In addition, the confluence
of the Anderson River and the Ohio River at Troy in Perry County
quickly became a thriving commercial area for settlers traveling
down the Ohio River and traders who shipped their goods back to
the East Coast and Europe.
The largest community in Perry County is Tell City, with a population
of approximately 7,845 residents. A thriving manufacturing and business
center that serves a six-county region in Indiana and Kentucky,
Tell City was a planned community established by the Swiss Colonization
Society in 1858.
Cannelton, with nearly 1,209 residents, grew into Perry Countys
second largest community after it became a bustling mining center
created by the Cannel Coal Co. because of Canneltons rich
coal deposits and convenient access to the Ohio River.
Perry County is centrally located, with Evansville approximately
50 miles to the west, Louisville, Ky., approximately 60 miles to
the east, Indianapolis approximately 150 miles to the north and
Nashville, Tenn., approximately 140 miles to the south.
A tugboat cruises down the Ohio River right
before sunset. The river borders the southern portion of Perry County
with three of its incorporated towns, Tell City, Troy and Cannelton,
sitting on the banks of the Ohio.
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the
Indiana Cotton Mill was restored and opened as apartments in 2001.
The mill, built in 1849 of native sandstone, was Indianas
largest industry during the 1850s and operated continuously until
1954. The mill sits near the Ohio riverfront in Cannelton.
A rainbow appears over a bale of hay near
the New Boston area. Agriculture has been a part of Perry County
since its inception.
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