Fountain County, IN

Fountain County, Indiana

Fountain County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 17,954. The county seat is Covington.


Fountain County was formed in 1826. It was named for Major James Fontaine of Kentucky who was killed at Harmar's Defeat (near modern Fort Wayne, Indiana) on 22 October 1790 during the Northwest Indian War.


The Fountain County courthouse was built in 1936-1937 at a cost of $246,734. It was constructed by the Jacobson Brothers of Chicago; the architects were Louis R. Johnson and Walter Scholar of Lafayette. It replaced the older 1859 building that had been declared unsafe. The courthouse walls display a number of murals painted by Eugene Francis Savage and others from 1937 to 1940; the murals cover over of wall space and depict the settlement of western Indiana.


The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.

County Council: The county council is the legislative branch of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members serve four year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service taxes.

Board of Commissioners: The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with executing the acts legislated by the council, the collection of revenue, and managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.

Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is also elected to terms of four years. In some cases, court decisions can be appealed to the state level circuit court.

County Officials: The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff, coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court clerk. Each of these elected officers serve terms of four years and oversee different parts of the county government. Members elected to any county government position are required to declare a party affiliation and be a resident of the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 398 square miles (1,031 km²), of which 396 square miles (1,025 km²) is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) (0.56%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Cities and towns

  • Mellott
  • Newtown
  • Veedersburg
  • Wallace
  • Unincorporated towns

  • Rob Roy
  • Silverwood
  • Steam Corner
  • Stone Bluff
  • Yeddo
  • Extinct towns

  • Stringtown
  • Vicksburg
  • Townships

  • Logan
  • Millcreek
  • Richland
  • Shawnee
  • Troy
  • Van Buren
  • Wabash
  • Major highways

  • Indiana State Road 32
  • Indiana State Road 55
  • Indiana State Road 234
  • Indiana State Road 341
  • Railroads


    '''Fountain County
    Population by year

    2000 17,954
    1990 17,808
    1980 19,033
    1970 18,257
    1960 18,706
    1950 17,836
    1940 18,299
    1930 17,971
    1920 18,823
    1910 20,439
    1900 21,446
    1890 19,558
    1880 20,228
    1870 16,389
    1860 15,566
    1850 13,253
    1840 11,218
    1830 7,619

    As of the census of 2000, there were 17,954 people, 7,041 households, and 5,041 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 7,692 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.71% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.4% were of American, 23.7% German, 10.9% English and 7.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

    There were 7,041 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.

    In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

    The median income for a household in the county was $38,119, and the median income for a family was $43,330. Males had a median income of $33,957 versus $21,631 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,779. About 6.20% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.


    Public schools in Fountain County are administered by three bodies: the Attica Consolidated School Corporation in the northern part of the county, the Covington Community School Corporation in the west, and the Southeast Fountain School Corporation.

    High Schools and Middle Schools

    Elementary Schools

    External links


    • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8.

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