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Owensville is the third largest town and the smallest of the five larger communities in Gibson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 1,330 in 2017.
Owensville was established in 1817 by Phillip Briscoe, when he filed the town plat consisting of fifty two parcels and five out-parcels. A fire in 1876 destroyed many of the wood framed businesses on the eastern side of the town square. It was not until 1881 that Owensville incorporated.
On March 18, 1925, the Tri-State Tornado struck just northwest of the town, killing 9 people.
On February 28, 2017, an EF3 wedge tornado, originating in Crossville, Illinois, passed to the south of the town, destroying or heavily damaging several structures along Indiana 65. The highway was closed for several days as power crews replaced several large power poles.
On April 8, 2024, Owensville, along with most of the rest of Southwestern Indiana will view a total solar eclipse, lasting approximately 3 minutes and 55 seconds.
Owensville is located at 38°16′18″N 87°41′26″W (38.271769, -87.690652).
According to the 2010 census, Owensville has a total area of 0.59 square miles (1.53 km2), all land.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Owensville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps, although areas just north of town have a humid continental climate. Local meteorologists often tend to use nearby Interstate 64 for comparison of local weather events.
In relation to climate, in 2004, the National Weather Service installed a NEXRAD Doppler Radar station approximately 2 miles west of the town.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,284 people, 510 households, and 337 families living in the town.