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WABASH COUNTY,
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COURTHOUSE INFO:
County Courthouse
100 W. Broadway
Monmouth, IL  61462-1761
Phone: (309) 734-8592
Website:  http://warrencountyil.com

HISTORY

     Wabash County was formed in 1824 out of Edwards County, after an armed confrontation between the militias of Albion and Mt. Carmel after the county seat was moved from a town near the current city of Mount Carmel to Albion.
     The County is named for the Wabash River, which forms its eastern and southern borders. The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of the French name for the river, "Ouabache." French traders named the river after the Miami Indian word for the river, "Wabashike," (Prounounced "Wah-bah-she-keh"), the word for "pure white." Much of the river bottom is white limestone, now obscured by mud.
     A 329-acre (1.3 km˛) remnant of the county's original Eastern Woodlands ecosystem can be found in the Forest of the Wabash located within the county's Beall Woods State Park.
 

County Seat:  Monmouth
Year Organized: 1825 
Square Miles:  543


 

 

 
 

ADJACENT COUNTIES:

1 -  Lawrence Co. - North
2. - Knox Co., Indiana - East
3. - Gibson Co., Indiana - South
4. - Edwards Co. - West
5. - Richland Co. - Northwest


Cities:

* Mount Carmel
 

Villages:

* Allendale
* Bellmont
* Kennsurg


Unincorporated communities

* Cowling
* Friendville
* Lancaster
* Maud
* Ogden

 

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