Sullivan County (pop. 21,475) is west of Greene County, across the Wabash River from Illinois. It reached its peak population of 32,439 in 1910.
It’s one of six Sullivan counties, which are named for three different Sullivans. This one was named for Daniel Sullivan (1754-1790), a scout and spy in the Revolutionary War.
The county seat of Sullivan County is the city of Sullivan (pop. 4,249).
The sports teams at Sullivan High School are known as the Golden Arrows.
The town of Merom (pop. 228) was the home of Union Christian College from 1859 to 1924. It was one of the first coeducational colleges to allow women to take any class that men could take.
The town of Farmersburg (pop. 1,118) is the home of a tiny church called the Taylor Prayer Chapel.
Peabody Energy’s Bear Run Mine, south of the town of Dugger, is the largest surface mine in the eastern U.S. It employs more than 500 persons.
Shakamak State Park, partly in Clay and Greene counties, is known for its fishing.
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