Indiana: Fountain County

Fountain County (pop. 17,240) is east of Vermillion County. It’s the only Fountain County in the U.S.

The county was named for James Fontaine (1757-1790), whose name was also spelled “Fountaine.” He died in a Northwest Indian War battle named either Harmar’s Defeat, Battle of the Maumee, Battle of Kekionga, or Battle of the Miami Towns.

Also “Battle of the Pumpkin Fields”

The county seat of Fountain County is the city of Covington (pop. 2,645).

Fountain County Courthouse (1937)

The Carnegie Library in Covington is on the National Register of Historic Places

Built in 1914

The largest city in Fountain County is Attica (pop. 3,245).

Devon Theater (1932), Attica

Indiana’s state song, “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” was written (by Paul Dresser) near Attica, which is on the banks of the Wabash River. Paul Dresser was the brother of novelist Theodore Dreiser.

Portland Arch Nature Preserve is near the Wabash River, between Covington and Attica.

Sandstone bridge carved by Bear Creek

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