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Mount Vernon, IN

City of Mount Vernon
City
Indiana

Coordinates: 37°56′12″N 87°53′56″W / 37.93667°N 87.89889°W / 37.93667; -87.89889Coordinates: 37°56′12″N 87°53′56″W / 37.93667°N 87.89889°W / 37.93667; -87.89889

Country  United States
State  Indiana
County Posey
Township Black
Settled 1805
Government
 • Mayor John M. Tucker (D)
Area[1]
 • Total
 • Land 7.28 km2 (2.81 sq mi)
 • Water 0.13 km2 (0.05 sq mi)  1.75%
Elevation 122 m (400 ft)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,687
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 6,609
 • Density 918.8/km2 (2,379.7/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 47620
Area code(s) 812
FIPS code 18-51732[4]
GNIS feature ID 0439718[5]
Website http://www.mountvernon.in.gov/

Mount Vernon is a city in and the county seat of Posey County, Indiana, United States,[6] in the state's far southwestern corner. The population was 6,687 at the 2010 census. It is located in Black Township and is part of the Evansville, Indiana, metropolitan area, which had a 2000 population of 342,815.

Geography

Mount Vernon is located at 37°56′12″N 87°53′56″W / 37.93667°N 87.89889°W / 37.93667; -87.89889 (37.936766, -87.898780).[7]

According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 2.86 square miles (7.4 km2), of which 2.81 square miles (7.3 km2) (or 98.25%) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 1.75%) is water.[8]

History

Mt. Vernon was named for George Washington's tobacco plantation. That name derives from Edward Vernon, a British naval hero, under whom Washington's half-brother served, and in whose honor Rule Britannia was written.

Mt. Vernon is the seat of Posey County, named for Gen. Thomas Posey, Governor of the Indiana Territory, who had the distinction of growing up next door to George Washington at the original Mt. Vernon, and who was widely rumoured to be Washington's illegitimate son. The rumors were dismissed by Posey's biographer, John Thornton Posey.[9]

From around 1805 to 1816, Mount Vernon was known as McFadden's Bluff named for one of the first settlers to the area. There are a number of historic sites in Mount Vernon including The Posey County Courthouse Square, Downtown Historic District, Welborn Historic District and the William Gonnermann House all of which have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The town has become a big center for plastics, with the manufacture of Lexan taking place just south of town at the SABIC plant; in addition, Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, is an important part of the city's industry.

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 6,687 people, 2,736 households, and 1,819 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,379.7 inhabitants per square mile (918.8 /km2). There were 3,077 housing units at an average density of 1,095.0 per square mile (422.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.4% White, 2.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 2,736 households of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 40.2 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 7,478 people, 3,027 households, and 2,058 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,036.0 people per square mile (1,173.7/km²). There were 3,312 housing units at an average density of 1,344.7 per square mile (519.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.85% White, 2.65% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.

There were 3,027 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,543, and the median income for a family was $49,432. Males had a median income of $40,045 versus $22,790 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,264. About 10.5% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.6% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government

The city has a mayor and city council form of government. The mayor is elected in citywide vote. The city council consists of five members: four are elected from individual districts and one is elected at-large.

Industry

Mt. Vernon is the headquarters of a small oil refinery owned by the CountryMark agricultural cooperative. It processes more than 20,000 barrels of local crude oil per day.

Mt. Vernon is also home to a former GE Plastics Plant, now owned by Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC). Vectren Energy's A.B. Brown Generating Station is also addressed to Mt. Vernon. Mount Vernon is home to two biofuels plants, Abengoa of Indiana and Aventine Renewable Energy. The Abengoa facility, along with the Aventine Renewable Energy ethanol plant helped make Mount Vernon an important energy exporter. The Aventine plant, shutdown in 2012, had been developed via partnership with Consolidated Grain and Barge, another company at the port, was the largest operating ethanol plant east of the Mississippi River. It's nameplate was 110 million gallons of ethanol per year. The Mount Vernon port is also the largest port for coal shipments in the U.S. The John T. Myers Locks and Dam located 13 miles SW of Mount Vernon plays important shipping role for the area's river based industries.

Local media

Mount Vernon is served by two weekly newspapers, The Mount Vernon Democrat and The Posey County News. It is represented by the radio stations WRCY-AM 1590 and WYFX-FM 106.7.

Schools

The city and southern half of Posey County are served by the M.S.D. of Mount Vernon which currently operates 5 schools:

  • Mount Vernon Senior High School (9-12)
  • Mount Vernon Junior High (6-8)
  • Farmersville Elementary School (K-5)
  • Marrs Elementary School (K-5)
  • West Elementary School (K-5)

Public library

The Alexandrian Public Library serves the residents of Mount Vernon, Indiana, as well as Black, Lynn, Marrs, Point and Robinson townships (approximately 21,000 residents).

The Main Library, built in 1986, is located at 115 West Fifth Street, and boasts over 100,000 items, a dozen public computers, as well as free Wi-Fi. In addition, a bookmobile operates to serve the area schools and outlying areas of the county.

A monthly book discussion group for adults, numerous storytimes, a Summer Reading Program, targeted programming for youth, young adult and adults is offered free of charge to the public on a regular basis.

The Alexandrian Public Library also has a varied and popular collection of local history resources and family history files in the "Indiana Room" of the Main Library. Microfilmed newspapers, contributed family documents, resources from the Posey County Historical Society and more are available for genealogists and researchers.

Meeting rooms are also available for use by the public at the library. Non-profit groups may use the rooms free of charge, and for-profit groups are charged $5/hour.

The Alexandrian Public Library is open 9am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm on Friday and Saturday, and 1pm-5pm on Sunday.

Transportation

Highways

  • Indiana State Road 62
  • Indiana State Road 69

Rail Service

  • Evansville Western Railway, a short line railroad serving area industries both in Indiana and Illinois is headquartered in Mt Vernon.

River Port

  • Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, a major publicly funded riverport, is located just east of Mt. Vernon. It began operation in 1976 as Southwind Maritime Center and is one of three public ports operated by the state of Indiana.

Notable natives

  • H. Joel Deckard, (1942-), Born in Vandalia, Illinois, Deckard attended public schools in Mount Vernon, Indiana. He served as member of Indiana House of Representatives from 1966 to 1974 and was later elected to the US House of Representatives serving from 1979 to 1983. He was unsuccessful in his reelection bid in 1982 losing to Frank McCloskey.
  • Francis C. Green, (1835–1905), Was a soldier in the U.S. Army and served with the 8th U.S. Cavalry during the Indian Wars. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1869. Born in Mount Vernon and is buried in an unmarked grave in Erin, Tennessee.
  • Ann Hovey, (1911-2007), Chorus girl and actress. Held several roles in B-movies in the 1930's. Is a descendant of Gen. Alvin P. Hovey. Born in Mount Vernon and died in Arizona.
  • Frederick Charles Leonard, (1896–1960), Was an American astronomer and faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles. Born in Mount Vernon and died in Los Angeles.
  • Richard Sarlls (1839-1915), one of the earliest settlers of Mount Vernon. Born in Ghent, Kentucky he moved to what was known as McFadden's Bluff in 1846. He became a successful grain expert and trader and real estate investor, becoming one of the largest landowners in Posey County, Indiana. He served as a Lieutenant in what was known as the National Home Guard during the Civil War, participating in conflicts across the Ohio River in neighboring Kentucky. He is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery.
  • William Edward Wilson (1870–1948), Was a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1923-1925. Born in Mount Vernon and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana.

See also

References

External links

  • City website
  • Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon
  • Alexandrian Public Library
  • WRCY Website
  • Evansville Western Railway website
  • Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon
  • Mt. Vernon, IN Photos and Articles
  • Battle of Champion Hill
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