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Miami Native Americans first occupied Howard County before David Foster, a Virginia minister, arrived in the community in the early 1800s. Foster donated 40 acres of his land and built a log courthouse just north of the Wildcat Creek. In return, the county commissioners gave Foster the honor of naming the town. Foster is said to have named the city after Chief Ko-Ko-Mo. Howard County was incorporated in 1843, the last Indiana county to be established. The discovery of natural gas during this period rapidly expanded development, bringing important industries to Howard County. The area also attracted innovative minds, like that of Elwood Haynes, inventor and producer of the first commercially built automobile (1894).

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