Vermillion County lies in the western part of the U.S. state of Indiana between the Illinois border and the Wabash River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,212. The county seat is Newport. It was officially established in 1824 and was the fiftieth Indiana county to be formed.
Vermillion County is included in the Terre Haute, Indiana, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
In March 1880, while a company of gravel road workers were excavating gravel from the bank on the ridge at the southeast corner of the Newport Fairgrounds five human skeletons were found. . . In the gravel bank along the railroad, at the southeast corner of the fairground, another skeleton was found. No implements of war were found with the bones but ashes were perceivable . . . A collection of a dozen skeletons shows by measurements of the thigh bone found that the warriors,
including a few women, averaged over six feet and two inches in height. . .
the trochanters forming the attachment of muscles show that they were not only a race of giant stature, but also of more than giant strength.
- History of Park and Vermillion Counties, Indiana 1913.
- The Firelands Pioneer Memoirs of Township, November 1858. Vermillion, Erie County Ohio. GIANTS ON RECORD, Americas Hidden History, Secrets in the Mounds and the Smithsonian Files. Page 59.
- History of Park and Vermillion Counties, Indiana 1913. Vermillion County. “Over six feet and two inches in height. . . a race of giant stature, but also more than giant strength.”