Established in 1820, Todd County was named after Colonel John Todd, who was killed at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782 during the American Revolution. Todd County is known for its two geographical regions known historically as the high country to the north and low country to the south. The northern highlands consist of steep-sloped sandstone terrain with forests of various wood such as oak, walnut and poplar. The southern lowlands consist of rolling limestone flatlands void of aquifer sinks and consist of dense but sparse forests of the same wood as its northern neighbor with an additional wood called ash. Therefore the county has 377 square miles with a population count of 12,460 residents.