Indiana: Owen County

Owen County (pop. 21,575) is east of Clay County. The only other Owen County is in Kentucky.

Owen County in 1908

The county was named for Abraham Owen (1769-1811), who died in the Battle of Tippecanoe.

The county seat of Owen County is the city of Spencer (pop. 2,217).

Owen County Courthouse (1911)

The Spencer Town Hall and Fire Station is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1898

There is a giant chicken at the entrance to the Owen County Fairgrounds in Spencer. It was formerly located in front of a restaurant.

Spencer has a drive-in theater called the Cinema 67.

It opened in 1957.

Downtown Spencer also has a restored movie theater, the Tivoli, dating from 1928. It is still showing movies.

Reopened in 2013

Cataract Falls, on Mill Creek north of Spencer, is Indiana’s largest waterfall, by volume. The Upper Falls is 45 feet high, and the Lower Falls is 30 feet high.

Lower Falls

Nearby is the much-photographed Cataract Falls Covered Bridge (1876).

Open only to pedestrians

McCormick’s Creek State Park is just east of Spencer.

It opened in 1916.

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