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Knox County, Indiana has been described as "the historic showcase of the Midwest", it is that and so much more. Just ask the residents of this area who live their lives displaying pride in what they have helped to create. Midwestern values shine through. Located in southwestern Indiana, bordered by the Wabash and White Rivers, Knox County is presently home to slightly more than 40,000 people.

The landscape of the county is composed of primarily lowlands and low hills. It is among the most heavily agricultural counties in Indiana.

Mineral resources have been and continue to be important in the county. Oil and gas have been produced in the south and coal is produced along the eastern parts of the county. Underground coal-mining had been very important to the economy in the early part of the 20th century and continues to this day. Strip-mining of coal has also been carried out. With abundant coal resources in its vicinity, Vincennes became a manufacturing center in the early 1900s.

While the later part of the 20th century saw a decline in manufacturing, the dawn of the 21st century has brought a renewal of industrial development to the county.


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