Floyd County (pop. 75,283) is southwest of Clark County, on the Ohio River. It is Indiana’s second-smallest county in square miles.
In the mid-1800s, Floyd County was the wealthiest county in Indiana. New Albany was Indiana’s largest city from 1816 to 1860.
New Albany (pop. 36,372), the county seat, has a Mansion Row Historic District, with homes of wealthy residents of the mid-19th century.
The Culbertson Mansion (1869) is now a state historic site, open for tours. It has 25 rooms and 20,000 square feet.
In the early 20th century, New Albany was the world’s largest producer of plywood and veneer. In 1917, a tornado destroyed much of the city.
The former Carnegie Library (1904) in New Albany is now the Carnegie Center for Art and History.
New Albany High School was the first high school in Indiana when it opened in 1853. Astronomer Edwin Hubble taught physics, Spanish, and math (and coached the basketball team) there for a year.
Golfer Frank Urban “Fuzzy” Zoeller was born in New Albany in 1951 and graduated from New Albany High School in 1970.
Indiana University Southeast, founded in 1941, has about 7,000 students. Its New Albany campus opened in 1973.
The Grand Theater (1909) in New Albany is now used for weddings and other special events.
Floyd County has the longest tunnel in Indiana, the 4,295-foot Duncan Tunnel, completed for the Southern Railway in 1881.
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