Place:Seymour, Jackson, Indiana, United States

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NameSeymour
TypeCity
Coordinates38.956°N 85.89°W
Located inJackson, Indiana, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Riverview Cemetery
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Seymour is a city in Jackson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 17,503 at the 2010 census. Seymour is called the "Crossroads of America" because the north/south and east/west railroads intersect in downtown.

The north/south line, the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, was built in the 1840s connecting Indianapolis to the Ohio River at Jeffersonville. It ran through the Shields farm at the area that is now Seymour.

In 1852 when the east/west railroad, the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, was going to be built, Capt. Meedy Shields, who was the cousin of General John Tipton persuaded the surveyor, John Seymour, into putting it through his land, in return for which he named the town Seymour. All trains had to stop at a crossroad, making Seymour a bustling community.

Seymour is the birthplace of former Indiana 9th District U.S. Representative Baron Hill, Texas lawyer Paul Eggers, singer John Mellencamp, Miss America 2009 Katie Stam, retired professional wrestler Rip Rogers, and Robert Shields whose personal diary earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Robert William Shields was a distant cousin of Seymour founder Meedy Shields. Seymour is a city in Jackson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 18,101 at the 2000 census. Seymour is called the "Crossroads of America" because the North/South and East/West railroads cross in downtown. The North/South line was built in the 1840's connecting Indianapolis to the Ohio River at Jeffersonville. It ran through the Shields farm at the area that is now Seymour. In 1852 when the East/West railroad was going to be built, Capt. Meedy Shields talked the surveyor, J. Seymour, into putting it through his land. In return he named the town Seymour. All trains had to stop at a crossroad, making Seymour a bustling community until the car became king. The railroad was originally supposed to go through the community of Rockford. It also lays claim as the "hometown" of world famous rocker John 'Cougar' Mellencamp, and was the site of his 'Small Town' Video.

Research Tips

Seymour Daily Tribune, the local newspaper has contemporary obits and a small archive available to search.


In the Local/Family History section of the Jackson County Public Library you will find a few resources. It has a local history book and photos available in the Jackson County Digital History & Photo Archive.


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