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Decatur, IN 46713
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County was created by statute on February 7, 1835, and organized
March 1, 1836. Its name honors the sixth President of the United
States, John Quincy Adams. The site of the
county seat was chosen May 18, 1836.
The first non-Native American settlers arrived in what
is now Adams County in 1835. They arrived as a result of the end of
the Black Hawk War as well as the completion of the Erie Canal. They
consisted entirely of settlers from New England. These were "Yankee"
settlers, that is to say they were descended from the English
Puritans who settled New England in the colonial era. They were
primarily members of the Congregational Church though due to the
Second Great Awakening many of them had converted to Methodism and
some had become Baptists before coming to what is now Adams County.
The Congregational Church subsequently has gone through many
divisions and some factions are now known as the Church of Christ,
United Church of Christ and Church of God [disambiguation needed].
When the New England settlers arrived in what is now Adams County
there was nothing but a dense virgin forest and wild prairie.
The New England settlers commissioned the first
courthouse in 1839, it was a two-story frame building. The first
jail was a log building that was completed in 1837. The present
Adams County courthouse was built in Decatur in 1872–1873 at a cost
of $78,979. The designer was J. C. Johnson, who had been
trained as a carpenter and joiner and became a self-taught
architect; he won second place in the Indiana State Capitol design
competition. The construction was done by Christian
Boseker of Fort Wayne. It is built of red brick with stone
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
* Blue Creek
* Saint Marys
* Linn Grove
* Pleasant Mills
Bunker Hill Cemetery
Clark Chapel Cemetery
Mount Tabor Cemetery
Old Mount Tabor Cemetery
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Saint Lukes Cemetery
Union Chapel Cemetery
BERNE PUBLIC LIBRARY
166 N. Sprunger
Berne, IN 46711
DECATUR PUBLIC LIBRARY
128 S. 3rd St.
Decatur, IN 46733
GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY
305 E. Line St.
Geneva, IN 46740
LIMBERLOST STATE HISTORIC SITE
200 E. Sixth St.
Geneva, IN 46740
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County Seat: Decatur
Year Organized: 1835
Square Miles: 339.03
1 - Allen County
2 - Wells County
3 - Jay County
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