Indiana: Dearborn County

Dearborn County (pop. 50,047) is east of Ripley County, on the border with Ohio, and across the Ohio River from Kentucky. It’s the only Dearborn County in the U.S.

Dearborn County in 1908

The county was named for Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), U.S. Secretary of War when the county was formed.

A general in the War of 1812

The population of Dearborn County (which is only about 25 miles west of Cincinnati) has been growing since 1920.

The county seat of Dearborn County is the city of Lawrenceburg (pop. 5,042), on the Ohio River.

Dearborn County Courthouse (1871)

Lawrenceburg has long been known as “Whiskey City” because of its history of whiskey production. MGP of Indiana, a Lawrenceburg distillery, dates from 1847.

Beer’s Auto Sales in Lawrenceburg has a wall of vintage gas signs and other signs.

Lawrenceburg has a riverboat casino on the Ohio River – the Hollywood Casino, which opened in 1996 as the Argosy Casino.

The Perfect North Slopes Ski Area, north of Lawrenceburg, founded in 1980 by the Perfect Family, has a vertical drop of 400 feet.

Snowboarding was not allowed until 2002.

The town of Moores Hill (pop. 597) was the home of Moores Hill College from 1854 to 1917. It eventually became the University of Evansville.

Carnegie Hall (1907)

In the city of Aurora (pop. 3,750), the Hillforest Mansion (1855), on a bluff above the Ohio River, is available for tours.

Italian Renaissance style

In Aurora’s Riverview Cemetery, Aurora Schuck was buried in her red Cadillac, according to her wishes, in 1989. Her husband, Ray, had purchased 14 plots so there would be enough room.

Her casket on top