Tuesday – Anything Possible – A Trip to Indiana

While traveling to Detroit for a memorial service I touched down in Indiana to visit with my eldest daughter, son-in-law and two of the three grandchildren (The third is in Germany). Many years ago I lived in the northern part of Indiana, but this trip was to Nashville which is south of Indianapolis. The area is gorgeous and to these Western eyes so green you have to squint. There are some impressions that I will share. Also, there are way too many pictures, so I’ll confine my discussion to one historical part of the town.

Here is a photo of the Brown County Historical Society old location. (The new is up the street in a new building) It is a community building built around the 1830’s.

Historic building

One other building built around the same time is the jail. Seems that whenever people congregate there are some that can’t follow the rules.

Jail

This next photo is of the interior of the jail. The walls are almost a foot thick, and there are two cells. One on the main floor (pictured) and one on the top floor.

Jail

This next photo demonstrates two things about this part of the country. 1. How modest the people are in requesting funds. A twenty-five cent donation? 2. How un-politicallyย correct the curators are in warning you about the buildings condition. The sign warns that the buildings are not up to code and never will be.

sign on jailhouse

Here is the blacksmith’s shop. A view outside and inside.

blacksmith

The stool is not a period piece. I think the smithy has a tender butt.

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No town would be complete without the doctor’s office and apothecary. Given the building’s architecture, one could argue the doc was from back East.

Drs Office

This next photo also tells a little about the mindset of the people of Indiana. They have an incredible level of honesty, and it is reflected in the trust of others to be the same.

Water cart

The final photo is of theย covered Bean Blossom Bridge. It was built in the 1880’s and is still functional.

Covered bridge

The area around the bridge is so quiet and serene it would be a perfect place to contemplate the next novel. Looking down the slow-moving creek played idly against the banks and the small trout could be seen darting from one flat rock to another. Time could stand still. Next stop Willoughby.

 

42 comments

  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Loved this photo journey! I used to live in West Lafayette, and loved the Wabash River and the plentiful covered bridges of the area. Beautiful…

    1. You have lived everywhere, Gwen. It is beautiful. I used to live in Amish country and enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Gwen Plano · ·

        LOL…hardly! I went to graduate school at Purdue…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That watering hole is a very trusting place. Doubt you could do that in most areas. The last picture makes me think of the Headless Horseman.

    1. Yes. I think a visit there at halloween would bring up some scary images. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I should look up if Sleepy Hollow does anything special around Halloween. I’d be surprised if they didn’t.

      2. That is a good idea. Let us know.

      3. Looks like they do a bunch of spooky stuff. Cemetery tours, hayrides, and other fun.

      4. It is in Pennsylvania right?

      5. Westchester, NY. Just on the other side of NYC from where I am.

      6. That’s right. I used to live near Weschester. I shoulda known.*slaps forehead*

      7. Sleepy Hollow and Amityville. Always forget about them being nearby until this time of year.

  3. Love the photos and the tour, John. Just not that next stop ๐Ÿ™‚ The jail still looks like it could hold a person for a while.

    1. I was thinking the same, Dan. The door was a heavy iron thing and once shut hard to open. Wouldn’t want to be in there after dark.:-)

  4. Great photos, John! Some of the building remind me of my childhood Lincoln Log creations. I love covered bridges and this shot is fantastic!

    1. Thanks, Jill. It was a beautiful place.:-)

  5. Looks like a great place to stop an catch your breath. There appears to be some rust on that anvil though, and that should never happen.

    1. Ha ha ha. I’m not sure anyone actually works in the shop. Good eye. I caught the stool and thought of you as I did. Details are you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lovely, John. I’m originally from Ohio so I’m used to all that green and a surplus of water. My dad used to love to drive with us on his days off and visit museums and historic places. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. There is much to see in the mid-west for sure. Thanks, Suzanne.

  7. Wonderful photos. I love visiting historic sites. And just looking at that covered bridge and the surroundings, already has story ideas spinning in my head ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’ll bet. I’m reading A Thousand Yesteryears now and while doing the post I thought of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Wow, thanks, John. I’m thrilled you’re reading Yesteryears (I hope you enjoy it), and yes, history does have a way of sucking me in, LOL!

      2. Yes I am enjoying it.

  8. Fascinating photos. Good to see and learn about the olden days and the people.
    I always wondered why bridges were covered though I think they are attractive. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Good question. Maybe to shield the horses from the scary views of water etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ Sure. Why not?

  9. Great photo tour, John! You know, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Obviously, doctors even back in the olden days made way more money than blacksmiths! I love traveling in Indiana, from the excitement of a football weekend way up north to the rolling hills down south. Somehow, it carries a different vibe than Illinois.

    1. It is sooo country. Love it.

  10. Awesome photos John. There is so much interesting history around us — one just needs to take the time to enjoy it like you have.

    1. It does need to be planned. We are all too busy. Thanks, Phillip ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Great photos – love that charming covered bridge.

    1. It was so peaceful there.

  12. I could contemplate my next 100 poems by that bridge. Lovely of you to share your visit.

    1. I’ll bet. Thanks.

  13. Great collection of photos, John! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

    1. Thanks for the visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. It looks like a relaxing area to visit. I’m all for historical accuracy in buildings, but if I were the doc, I’d use the modern stool too. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Sure you would. Thanks, Bun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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