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The following article is presented by the child sexual assault lawyers in Jeffersonville. We are thrilled to help you learn more about the history of Jeffersonville and its many features.

History of Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville is a city and the county seat of Clark County, Indiana. Situated along the Ohio River, it was once a settlement near Fort Finney. It is said that the village became known as Jeffersonville in 1801 when President Thomas Jefferson took office. In 1802, a grid pattern designed by Jefferson was used by local residents for the formation of a city. The same year, Jeffersonville became the county seat of Clark County. In 1803, a post office was established. The city was the de facto capital of the Indiana Territory between 1813 and 1814.

During the American Civil War, Jeffersonville was one of the main gateways to the south due to its location directly opposite Louisville, Kentucky. Because it was also served by three railways and had the waterway of the Ohio River, the city became a principal base for the Union Army's supplies and troops. Around this time, James Howard had relocated his ship building business back to Jeffersonville – where he initially built his first steamboat Hyperion – after moving it to Madison. Steamboats would go on to become a key to the city's economy. During World War II, shipyards in the area were used to built landing vessels like LST.

Today, the Howard Steamboat Museum focuses on retelling the history of shipbuilding in the city. An annual festival called Steamboat Days is also held every September to celebrate Jeffersonville's heritage. As of 2010, the city has a total area of 34.354 square miles and a population of 44,953 people.

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Big Four Station Park

Big Four Station Park is an $8 million plaza in Jefferson City. Opened in 2014, it encompasses the area surrounding the Big Four Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle path that links the Waterfront Park of Louisville to downtown Jeffersonville. The park is a designation for residents and visitors who enjoy spending time outdoors and frequenting local and special events. It includes amenities such as:

  • A one-mile walking bridge
  • 10 acres of green space
  • A covered playground area
  • Stage
  • Flag Pole
  • Park Benches
  • Fountain
  • Picnic Tables
  • 0.45-mile paved sidewalk
  • Pavilion
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking

Operated by the Jeffersonville Parks Department, it is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Chapel Lake Park

Chapel Lake Park is a new addition to the city of Jeffersonville. Located on New Chapel Road, the 140-acre park is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind. The pet-friendly park is open from dawn to dusk and features a catch and release program. Amenities it offers are one shelter with eight picnic tables, four grills, a playground, 1.75-mile paved walking trails, grass trails, a lake for canoeing and kayaking, a stock of 3,700 fish for license catch and release fishing, and restrooms.

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