Indiana: Rush County

Rush County (pop. 17,392) is east of Shelby County. It reached its peak population of 20,393 in 1960.

Rush County in 1908

The only other Rush County is in Kansas. Both were named for Dr. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) of Philadelphia, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The county seat of Rush County is the city of Rushville (pop. 6,341).

Rush County Courthouse (1896)

Wendell Wilkie (1892-1944) had his 1940 presidential campaign headquarters in Rushville (his wife’s hometown), and he is buried in Rushville’s East Hill Cemetery.

Wilkie gravesite

The John K. Gowdy House (1888) is the home of the Rush County Historical Society Museum.

Free admission

The Riverside Park Amphitheatre has free outdoor concerts in the summer.

“Live by the Levee”

Rural Rush County has several 19th-century covered bridges.

Forsythe Covered Bridge (1888)

The former Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home (1878) is north of Rushville. The land was turned over to the Indiana National Guard in 2009.

Soldiers’ orphans attended the school.

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