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DISCOVER OWEN COUNTY
Owen County was formed in 1819. It was named after Abraham Owen, a colonel who died at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
In 1920, the United States Census reported Owen County as the Center of Population for the US at a point 8 miles south-southeast of Spencer, Indiana. The center moved the shortest distance since census data collecting began in 1790 (just under 10 miles) from its previous center in Bloomington, IN. When the East experienced high rates of growth, as it did in the decades between 1890 and 1920, the Westward movement of the center slowed.
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