Rossboro – 1816

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On Dec. 30, 1816, the plat of the proposed town of Rossboro was recorded. Twelve streets were laid out and most still have the same names today. It was named for David Ross who owned land where the town was located. He and his partner, John May, donated 80 acres for the new town that was to be the seat of government for the new county of Daviess.

The names of Rossboro and Yellow Banks were replaced with Owensborough in honor of Col. Abraham Owen who was killed in the Battle of Tippecanoe. The “ugh” was dropped in various documents in the 1820/30’s, but became the official spelling on Feb 16, 1866.

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