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Jeffersonville,city (1990 pop. 21,841), seat of Clark co., S Ind., at the falls of the Ohio River opposite LouisvilleLouisville
, city (1990 pop. 269,063), seat of Jefferson co., NW Ky., at the Falls of the Ohio; inc. 1780. It is the largest city in Kentucky, a port of entry, and an important industrial, financial, marketing, and shipping center for the South and the Midwest.
..... Click the link for more information. , Ky. (with which it is connected by two bridges); inc. 1817. Located in a rich agricultural area, the city is a shipping point for farm products. Its diverse manufacturing base includes such industries as chemicals, steel and wood products, lubricants, electronic and transportation equipment, and food processing. A U.S. Census Bureau mapping center is there.
The city was founded (1802) on the site of Fort Steuben (formerly Fort Finney) by veterans of George Rogers ClarkClark, George Rogers,
1752–1818, American Revolutionary general, conqueror of the Old Northwest, b. near Charlottesville, Va.; brother of William Clark. A surveyor, he was interested in Western lands, served (1774) in Lord Dunmore's War (see Dunmore, John Murray, 4th earl
..... Click the link for more information. 's Old Northwest expedition, who were given the land in gratitude for their services. The original town was built according to plans made by Thomas JeffersonJefferson, Thomas,
1743–1826, 3d President of the United States (1801–9), author of the Declaration of Independence, and apostle of agrarian democracy. Early Life
Jefferson was born on Apr. 13, 1743, at "Shadwell," in Goochland (now in Albemarle) co.
..... Click the link for more information. , after whom it is named. It served (1813–16) as the temporary capital of Indiana Territory, and had an important steamboat-building industry in the 1800s.