fountain county, Indiana

Welcome to Fountain County, Indiana!

We invite you to get acquainted with the charm of our small towns as you wander the quiet roads of the county. You will find friendly people and a land richly filled with the adventures and serenity of nature. The tree-covered side roads and quiet waterways will entice you to spend your leisure time outdoors. Hiking, bicycle riding, canoeing or boating down the Wabash River, bird watching, hunting, fishing, or horseback riding; you can do it all here. As you explore, you might see an eagle, a white-tailed deer, or a pileated woodpecker.

The natural beauty of our land draws many visitors as we are home to Portland Arch Nature Reserve. The natural bridge above this arch is one of only a few in Indiana. The opening was caused by undercutting of the sandstone bluff on both sides, but the sandstone was strong enough that the rock did not collapse, and this arch was formed. The small tributary stream flows into Bear Creek. The preserve also includes a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail that is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Pets are also welcome to use the trail.

This artistic attraction at the Fountain County Courthouse creates a courthouse unlike any other in the United States. The historic paintings on the Courthouse walls represent westward discovery, expansion, and settlement of the United States as well as western Indiana and are inspirational and educational as well as decorative.

Renowned muralist Eugene Savage directed local artists in the painting of the murals on the walls of this 1937 structure in his boyhood hometown of Covington, adding his own contribution of panels for the entryway. Nine of the ten artists were women. Two years were spent in historical preparation and composition of this immense project, and the works reflect the story of the growth of a people – through struggles with nature, battles, and hardships; as well as the successes and joys that came with civilizing the Wabash River Valley.

The murals cover over 2,500 square feet of wall space. At their completion in June 1940, they were valued at $90,000. Today their value is priceless.

Besides our abundant amount of nature and impressive courthouse, we are also home to the Historic DEVON Theatre which opened in 1938. You can also visit the award winning Old 55 Distillery, Wolf’s Fine Handmade Chocolates, or the popular Badlands Off Road Park.

These are a few of the reasons why you will quickly understand why people love Fountain County. Your adventure in all seasons is waiting here for you to come and enjoy!

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