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Our local abuse lawyers in Washington, Indiana have sponsored this article detailing the history of the city. Whether you are a longtime resident or are just vising Washington, we hope that you'll learn something new about the city.

A Brief History of Washington

Washington, Indiana was planned out in 1815, getting its name from Washington Township which it sits within. In 1857, the railroad was constructed connecting Washington to other communities. This expansion was first by the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad who housed a repair yard and major depot in the city. In 1893, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad took ownership of the rail line and employed over 1,000 workers across the line.

The town sits on 4.77 square miles and has a humid-subtropical climate. Winters are cooler with moderate snowfall, while the summers are both warm and humid. In 2013, an EF2 level tornado crossed through the western city limits and destroyed 20 homes while damaging at least 20 others.

Today, the town is connected to the rest of Indiana by four major highways including I-69, US 50, SR-57 and SR-257.

Learn more about the Town of Linton, Indiana.


While the city is a relatively small area, as of 2010 there were just over 11,500 residents living in the city. Some of the demographics from the 2010 census include:

  • 89.2% of residents identified as White
  • 9.6% of residents were Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.1% of residents were African American
  • 1.1% of residents were Asian
  • 33.4% of houses had children under 18
  • Median age is 37.3 years old
  • 48.2% male
  • 51.8% female

The city has continued to grow over the years, with primarily an upward trajectory of population. In 2019, it is estimated that over 12,500 residents are now living in Washington.

Historic Registries in Washington

There are a number of historic buildings and houses in Washington. This includes:

  • Magnus J. Carnahan House
  • Daviess County Courthouse
  • Thomas Faith House
  • Robert C. Braham House
  • Dr. John A. Scudder House
  • Washington Commercial Historic District
  • Dr. Nelson Wilson House

There are a number of other historic and architecturally important buildings, such as the Helphenstine House built in 1847. This house is in the Greek Revival architecture style.

The Daviess County Historical Society Museum houses a collection of Washington history and Daviess County memorabilia.

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