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Ohio County, the smallest county by area and population in Indiana, was originally a hunting ground for many Indian tribes.

In 1814, John James Fredricksburg, MD., purchased a large tract of land and in 1816 he registered the town of Rising Sun. The town was named for the breathtaking sunrise over the rolling Kentucky Hills.

Through its history, Rising Sun has hosted inventors and businesses that produced steamboats, the first coin-operated music player, gaming machine, and the modern electric chair.

J.W. Whitlock, builder of fine furniture, built and raced the Hoosier Boy series of hydroplane boats and still holds the record for the fastest time on the river between Cincinnati and Louisville - 267 minutes, 49 seconds set in 1923. The boat and many of his trophies are on display in the Ohio County Historical Society Museum.

In the 1890's a melodrama set in Rising Sun called "Blue Jeans" became a Broadway hit. It was the first silent movie to use the "saved in the nick of time" scene.

Today, you can enjoy the fast-paced excitement of Las Vegas style gaming and star-studded entertainment or the relaxing beauty along the Ohio River, charming bed & breakfasts and unique shopping in historic Rising Sun – Indiana's Rivertown Resort!

For more information on this exciting southern Indiana destination:

Ohio County Convention & Tourism Bureau
PO Box 112
120 N. Walnut St.
Rising Sun, IN 47040

1 (812) 438-4933
1-800-877-8339 TDD Relay Service
Fax: (812) 438-4932


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