Indiana: Vermillion County

Vermillion County (pop. 16,212), long and narrow, is south of Warren County, between Illinois and the Wabash River. It reached its peak population of 27,625 in 1920.

It is the only Vermillion County in the U.S. Across the border in Illinois is a Vermilion County (with one “l”), and Louisiana has a Vermilion Parish.

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

The county seat of Vermillion County is the town of Newport (pop. 515), second-smallest county seat in Indiana.

Vermillion County Courthouse (1925)

The Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb dates from 1909 (with interruptions).

The largest city in Vermillion County is Clinton (pop. 4,893). Many of its early citizens were immigrants from Italy, Austria, and Scotland who worked in the local coal mines.

Its population in 1920 was 10,962.

Actor Ken Kercheval grew up in Clinton. He played the role of Cliff Barnes on the TV show “Dallas.”

Punched by J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman)

Journalist Ernie Pyle (1900-1945) was born on a farm near the town of Dana (pop. 608). He died in the Battle of Okinawa.

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