Putnam County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Indiana.
of 2000, the population was 36,019. The name is in honor of
, who was a hero in the
French and Indian War
general in the American
. The county seat is
The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted
specific powers by the Constitution of Indiana
, and by the
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.
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
The county has several other
elected offices, including sheriff
, 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.
Putnam County Courthouse
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 483 square
), of which
480 square miles (1,244 km²) is land and 2 square
miles (6 km²) (0.47%) is water.
Cities and towns
Population by year
As of the census
of 2000, there were 36,019
people, 12,374 households, and 9,119 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 75 people per square mile (29/km²). There were 13,505 housing
units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²).
The racial makeup of the county was 94.87% White
, 2.93% Black
or African American
, 0.33% Native American
, 0.52% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 0.42% from
, and 0.89%
from two or more races. 1.14% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 24.6% were of
American, 22.8% German, 12.7%
English and 11.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 12,374 households out of which 34.00% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 62.40% were married couples
living together, 7.70% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 26.30% were non-families.
22.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.40% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.60% under the
age of 18, 13.20% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from
45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 108.30 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.90
The median income for a household in the county was $38,882, and
the median income for a family was $45,916. Males had a median
income of $31,989 versus $22,029 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$17,163. About 6.40% of families and 8.00% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 9.30%
of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.
The Dick Huffman
is the furthest south, just off
. Of course it's not at an exit.
is out in the country,
south of Greencastle.
As cited in the Encyclopedia of Haunted Indiana, the Edna Collins CB
is considered to
The Dunbar CB
is nearest to
Greencastle. Take US 231
the concrete railroad viaduct.
CB is east of Brainbridge
on the old US 36.
There are three in
this area, including.
Stone CB which is the next parallel north of US 36.
A third covered bridge is one parallel
north of the Rolling Stone. This and Pine Bluff CB
are on gravel
The Cornstalk CB
furthest north. It's east of the town of Raccoon, which is just off
. It is on a secondary road out
of town to the south.
- Kobrowski, Nicole Encyclopedia of Haunted Indiana 1st
Ed. ISBN 978-0977413027