Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Northfork Waterfowl Nesting Area

Northfork Waterfowl Nesting Area
McGowan Road

The area is closed from October 15 to April 15.



To get to Northfork Waterfowl Nesting Area from Bloomington, go east on State Road 46 to Kent Road. This is a gravel road just before the bridge over Salt Creek. Turn right onto Kent Road and follow it across a bridge to McGowan Road. Turn right onto McGowan Road and follow to the Stillwater marsh overlook and the North Fork area.

Northfork Waterfowl Nesting Area is open April 15 through October 15; the rest of the year there are viewing stations to watch waterfowl. Bald eagles have been sighted.

Parts of the Northfork Waterfowl Nesting Area complex are closed from October 1 through April 15. Hunting is permitted in the Stillwater/North Fork area. This area is excellent for waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and wading birds.



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Monday, January 30, 2012

Waterfork Waterfowl Nesting Area

Waterfork Waterfowl Nesting Area
South Axsom Branch Road
Monroe County, Indiana



To get to Waterfork Waterfowl Nesting Area from Indiana State Road 46 turn south on Steele Road, pass the TC Steele home. Turn right on Gilmore Ridge Road. Turn left on Deckard Ridge Road. Left turn on South Axsom Branch Road. The Waterfork Waterfowl Nesting Area is closed from October 1 to April 1.



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pine Grove State Recreation Area

Pine Grove State Recreation Area
Pine Grove Road
Bloomington IN




Boat Launch
Restrooms

Pine Grove State Recreation Area is a great place for birding. Warblers, shore birds, vireos, waterfowl and even eagles may be spotted here.




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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Moore’s Creek State Recreation Area

Moore’s Creek State Recreation Area



Boat Launch
Marina / Sail
Picnicking
Restrooms
Drinking Water

The boat ramp at Moore’s Creek State Recreation Area is usable during high water. There is a picnic shelter house there as well as superb rocky shore fishing.

The Lake Monroe Sailing Association is located at Moore's Creek State Recreation Area.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Cutright State Recreation Area

Cutright State Recreation Area



Boat & Car Top Launch
There is a public boat launch and parking area at Cutright State Recreation Area as well as the Lake Monroe Marina.
Boat Rental
Marina • Fuel
Picnicking
Restrooms
Birdwatching - You can find many migrating birds including vireos, thrushes, and warblers.

Lake Monroe Marina
Cutright S.R.A.
5505 S. State Rd. 446
Bloomington, IN 47401
Call with questions: (812) 837-9394
Food, drink and bait is available at the marina.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Monroe Lake

Monroe Lake
Monroe Lake 
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Monroe Lake
Monroe Lake, at 10,750 acres, is the largest lake in Indiana. The lake is southwest of Brown County State Park, southeast from Bloomington and accessible from Interstate 69 on Indiana State Road 37. Boaters can enjoy fishing, waterskiing or just relaxing on the lake. Campers can stay at any of the Paynetown State Recreational Area. Visitors will also find beaches, hiking, hunting and picnicking opportunities at Lake Monroe.
Beaches
Beach swimming is available during open hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Beach bums will find two beaches. They are in the Paynetown and Fairfax recreation areas. The bathhouses at both locations provide showers, dressing rooms, restrooms, and food concessions for visitors to the lake.
Hunting 
All hunters are required to register at check-in stations daily. Hunting in Waterfowl Resting Areas is by special permit only. Deer, grouse, turkey, squirrels, doves and rabbits are the primary game species. Excellent waterfowl hunting is available during the season. Waterfowl hunting information is available at Paynetown Visitor's Center.
Interpretive Naturalist Services (Seasonal)
Explore the world of natural resources while enjoying interpretive and recreational programs. Program schedules are available at Interpretive Services.
Boating / nine Launch Ramps
Boaters will find ramps at nine locations around the lake. The boat launch ramps are not marked on the map but are listed under the facilities.
Fishing / Ice Fishing
The lake has bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, walleye and hybrid stripers. Anglers need an Indiana State Fishing License. Visitors may purchase these at the Park Office. There are fishing piers located at various places on the lake.
Monroe Lake Hiking Trail
Monroe Lake Hiking Trail

Hiking 
Hikers will find easy to moderate marked trails open for hiking all year. Off-road uses of vehicles, bicycles and horses are not permitted.
Description of Hiking Trails
Bluebird Trail (1.25 miles) Moderate—this is a forest and field trail in Paynetown State Recreation Area.
Tree Trek Trail (0.5 mile) Easy—this is a forest Ecosystem interpretive trail in Paynetown State Recreation Area.
Turkey Trot Trail (1.75 miles) Moderate
There is a Hike- In/Boat-In Camping Area in Allen’s Creek State Recreation Area.
Whitetail Trail (1 mile) Moderate—this trail provides access trail for walk-in visitors at Paynetown State Recreation Area.
Picnicking / Shelter house - Monroe Lake
Picnicking / Shelter house - Monroe Lake
Picnicking / Shelter house 
Picnickers can find lakeside picnic areas and shelters in several areas. Most of these areas have tables, grills, toilet facilities, a playfield and shelter. Reservations for shelters are available through the Central Reservation System.
Boat Rental - Fishing Boats, Pontoons
Lake Monroe Boat Rental
Pleasure Craft Marina
Boat owners will find seasonal mooring on docks or buoys. These mooring docks are at Paynetown, Moore’s Creek, Cutright and the Fairfax Recreation areas. Other services provided at Fairfax, Cutright and Paynetown include fuel, food and rental boats. Paynetown and Fairfax provide pump-out stations.
Camping
The campground is located at the Paynetown State Recreational Area. Campers will find 312 campsites consisting of 222 AAA sites. They have electricity, modern restrooms showers, picnic table and grills. There are also ninety non-electric sites.
Electric / 226 sites
Non-electric / 94 sites
Camp Store (Seasonal)
Dumping Station
Fourwinds Resort and Marina
Fourwinds Resort and Marina is located on the shores of picturesque Lake Monroe. It is just west of Fairfax State Recreation Area. The Fourwinds Resort & Marina has tennis courts, miniature golf, boat ramps, indoor/outdoor pool and a marina. There is no hiking at Fairfax but you may fish and walk the grounds. The resort offers a variety of amenities, including:
Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool
Boat Rentals
Private Beach
Fitness Center
Tennis Courts
Mini-Golf
Basketball
Volleyball
Board Games
Marina
Fishing
Hiking & Walking trails
Hunting
Nearby 6,700 yard, par 71-championship golf
Weekend entertainment during summer months
A complete fleet of watercraft rentals from jet skis to party boats,
The Windjammer Grill
Tradewinds Restaurant
Lakeside beach
Mini-golf
Regularly scheduled live entertainment
Scenic brick paths bordering the lake
Fourwinds Resort and Marina
9301 Fairfax Road
Bloomington IN 47401
812-824-2628
http://www.fourwindsresort.com/
Monroe Lake
Monroe Lake 

Fairfax State Recreational Area
Fairfax includes the following features:
Beach and Bathhouse
Boat Launch
Boat Rental
Lodging
Marina and Fuel
Picnicking
Playground
Restrooms
Showers
Store
Drinking Water
Fairfax State Recreational Area
9301 South Fairfax Road
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: (812) 837-9546

Salt Creek SRA
Boat Launch
Restrooms

Pine Grove State Recreation Area
Pine Grove Road
Bloomington IN
Pine Grove State Recreation Area is a great place for birding. Warblers, shore birds, vireos, waterfowl and even eagles may be spotted here.

Crooked Creek State Recreational Area
Crooked Creek Road/Dewar Ridge Road
 Boat Launch
Restrooms

Paynetown State Recreational Area
Paynetown is located off Highway 446. This state operated area on the northeast side of Lake Monroe has electric and non-electric camping. Visitors will also find a boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.
Bloomington IN 47401
(812) 837-9546 (812) 837-9967
(Accessible)
Beach w/Bathhouse
Boat Launch
Boat Rental
Camping
Hiking Trails
Interpretive Naturalist
Marina -• Fuel
Picnicking
Playground
Restrooms
Showers
Store
Visitors - Nature Center
Drinking Water
Hiking
Three short trails
Nature Trail
Whitetail Trail (1 mile) Moderate—this is an access trail for walk-in visitors at Paynetown State Recreation Area.
Blue Bird Trail
Forest and Field Trail
1.25 miles - Moderate
Tree Trek Trail
Forest Ecosystem Interpretive Trail
0.5 mile-Easy

Waterfork Waterfowl Nesting Area
South Axsom Branch Road
From Indiana State Road 46 turn south on Steele Road, pass the TC Steele home. Turn right on Gilmore Ridge Road. Turn left on Deckard Ridge Road. Left turn on South Axsom Branch Road. The area is closed from October 1 to April 1.

Northfork Waterfowl Resting Area
McGowan Road
The area is closed from October 1 to April 1.
From Bloomington, go east on State Road 46 to Kent Road. Go west from Brown County State Park, through Nashville. This is a gravel road just before the bridge over Salt Creek. Turn right onto Kent Road and follow it across a bridge to McGowan Road. Turn right onto McGowan Road and follow to the Stillwater marsh overlook and the North Fork area.
Open October 15 through April 15; the rest of the year there are viewing stations to watch waterfowl. Bald eagles have been sighted.
Parts of the NorthFork complex are closed from October 15 through April 15. Hunting is permitted in the Stillwater/North Fork area. This area is excellent for waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and wading birds.

Stillwater Marsh
McGowan Road
To get to Stillwater Marsh from Bloomington, go east from Bloomington on State Road 46 to Kent Road. Go west from Brown County State Park through Nashville. This is a gravel road just before the bridge over Salt Creek. Turn right onto Kent Road and follow it across a bridge to McGowan Road. Turn right onto McGowan Road and follow to the Stillwater marsh overlook and the North Fork area.
Stillwater Marsh is open October 15 through April 15; the rest of the year, there are viewing stations to watch waterfowl. There have been bald eagles sightings here, also.
During the winter and early spring, DNR staff pumps water into Stillwater from the north fork of Salt Creek. This creates an important resting area for waterfowl. In mid-April, they drain the marsh and sow wildlife food crops. The result is a rich habitat area for animals of all types.
Parts of the NorthFork complex are closed from October 15 through April 15. Hunting is permitted in the Stillwater/North Fork area. This area is excellent for waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and wading birds. Birding enthusiasts can expect to find the following birds at Stillwater Marsh:
Swans
Geese
Grebes
Ducks
Flycatchers
Olive-sided
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Acadian Flycatchers
Vireos
Veery Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Wood Thrush
Cerulean Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Bald Eagles
Northern Harriers

Southfork Marshes
Blue Creek Road
The Southfork Marshes are on the eastern end of Lake Monroe. The waters of Lake Monroe overflowing the banks of Sand Creek due to the dam form them.

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4850 South State Road 446
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Allens Creek State Recreational Area

Allens Creek State Recreational Area
Allen's Creek Road

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Boat Launch
Camping
Restrooms

Turkey Trot Trail (1.75 miles) MODERATE—Hike- In/Boat-In Camping Area in Allen’s Creek State Recreation Area. Allen's Creek Road is accessible from Indiana State Road 446.

Allens Creek State Recreational Area is a hike in camping facility and features primitive camping. The trail back to Allens Creek State Recreational Area is located at the Allens Creek State Recreational Area boat ramp. There are fossil beds in the lake below the camp ground.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fairfax State Recreational Area

Fairfax State Recreational Area
accessible from Highway 37.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Phone: (812) 837-9546

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There is a public beach at Fairfax State Recreational Area. The Fourwinds Resort & Marina has tennis courts, miniature golf, boat ramps, indoor/outdoor pool and a marina.

( Accessible)
Beach w/Bathhouse
Boat Launch
Boat Rental
Lodging
Marina • Fuel
Picnicking
Playground
Restrooms
Showers
Store
Drinking Water

There is no hiking at Fairfax but you may fish and walk the grounds.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Paynetown State Recreational Area

Paynetown State Recreational Area
Off Highway 446
Bloomington IN 47401
(812) 837-9546 (812) 837-9967



(Accessible)
Beach w/Bathhouse
Boat Launch
Boat Rental
Camping
Hiking Trails
Interpretive Naturalist
Marina • Fuel
Picnicking
Playground
Restrooms
Showers
Store
Visitors Center
Drinking Water

Hiking
Nature Trail
Whitetail Trail (1 mile) MODERATE—Access trail for walk-in visitors at Paynetown State Recreation Area.

Pate Hollow Trail

Blue Bird Trail
Forest and Field Trail
1.25 miles - Moderate

Tree Trek Trail
Forest Ecosystem Interpretive Trail
0.5 mile-Easy

This state operated recreational area on the northeast siode of Lake Monroe offers electric and non-electric camping, boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Hardin Ridge State Recreational Area

Hardin Ridge State Recreational Area
6464 Hardin Ridge Road
Heltonville, IN 47436
812-837-9453
Reservations - 1-877-444-6777



The 1,200 acre Hardin Ridge recreational complex is located on the shores of Monroe Reservoir. Located just southeast of Bloomington, the area is easily accessible from State Highway 446. The area offers camping, picnicking, boat launching, swimming, nature walks, and interpretive programs in a forested environment.

(Accessible)
Beach w/Bathhouse
Boat Launch
Camping
Concession
Hiking Trails
Marina
Picnicking
Playground
Restrooms
Showers
Visitors Center
Dam & Tailwater Area
Picnicking
Restrooms
Visitors Center
Drinking Water

CAMPGROUND
Tent Sites -18
No. Combined Sites - (Tent or RV): 30
Total Sites - 48
Tent Pads: Yes
Wooded Sites
Flush Toilets
Hot Showers
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets
No Full RV Hookups

HIKING
Twin Oaks Interpretive Trail (foot) - 1.5 miles - (located at the Twin Oaks Visitor Center)
Hardin Ridge Trail (foot & mtn. bike) - 2 miles

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Friday, January 13, 2012


Morgan's Raid in Jefferson County

Morgan's Raid in Jefferson County



The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail enters Jefferson County from Jennings County as it follows Indiana State Road 7. It will turn west at the town of Dupont on County Road 1050 N, then south to skirt Big Oaks National Wildlife Area. Morgan, of course, went due east from this point but the trail now has to skirt what was formerly, and a portion still is, a US Military base. The Trail rejoins Indiana State Road 7 for about 2.7 miles before turning east again on County Road 400 N which it follows for about three miles at its intersection with US 421 N. The Trail turns north on US 421 for about 8.2 miles as it enters Ripley County. Points of Interest 16 and 17 are located in Jefferson County. The map and guidebooks may be purchased here.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church

Tyson Temple United Methodist Church was funded by the mother of Jim Tyson. Tyson Temple was designed by Odle, McGuire & Schook and was built at a cost of $150,000. It was dedicated in May 1937.

Nails were not used in the construction of the building. The chief building materials are stone, concrete, steel, terra cotta, brick, glazed and glass brick. Except for the furnishings no wood was used in its construction. The designation "temple" was used because, just as with the construction of the temple in Isreal, hammers were not heard during its construction.

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Jefferson County Ohio River Public Access

Jefferson County Ohio River Public Access

Madison Public Boat Ramp Foot of West St. and Vaughn Dr.




This public access to the Ohio River is located on the riverfront at the foot of West Street in Madison, Indiana.
Open year round. No charge.

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Riddle Point Park

Riddle Point Park
North Tunnel Road



Riddle Point Park is located on a peninsula which extends out into Lake Lemon in Monroe County. There is a beach, bathhouse, boat ramp, shelterhouse, and a one half mile nature trail. There is a daily user fee charged at the gatehouse of the park.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lake Lemon

Lake Lemon
1650 acres
24 Miles of Shoreline
11th Largest Lake in Indiana
Approximately four miles west to east
Widest point approximatel 1.2 miles




Lemon Lake was named in honor of Bloomington Mayor Tom Lemon. Lemon Lake offers boating, swimming, fishing. Riddle Point Park, on the south shore, has a nature trail, picnic area and boat ramp.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cave Hill Road - Versailles to Friendship, Indiana

Cave Hill Road - South of Versailles, Indiana
Cave Hill Road - South of Versailles, Indiana

Cave Hill Road
Length - Approximately 10.1 Miles
Cave Hill Road connects US Route 50 to Indiana State Road 62 and is the shortest route from Versailles to Friendship, Indiana. It is a curvy, narrow asphalt road that crosses Laughery Creek twice, once using a steel truss bridge and the other a concrete bridge. Both of these bridges are one-lane bridges, so if you travel the road, be careful crossing these bridges. This is a scenic road to travel on, but it is curvy, hilly and narrow.
Laughery Creek Off Cave Hill Road - Near Friendship Indiana
Laughery Creek Off Cave Hill Road - Near Friendship Indiana

The south entrance is just outside of Friendship on the east side of the bridge that crosses Laughery Creek. Be vigilant, as there are a couple of places that it is easy to go the wrong direction. The first spot is about four miles from the intersection with Indiana State Road 62. Cave Hill Road goes right. It veers right, crosses a concrete bridge and then turns sharp left. The last couple of miles Cave Hill Road passes through the southern section of Versailles State Park before intersecting US Route 50 just across from the entrance to Versailles State Park. If there has been a lot of rainfall, this road should be avoided as Laughery Creek may flood the sections closest to it.

Cave Hill Road - South of Versailles, Indiana

Cave Hill Road - South of Versailles, Indiana









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Indiana Rail Road Company


Indiana Rail Road Company

The Indiana Railroad Company maintains rail lines in the central and western portions of Indiana. It has rail lines in Marion, Johnson, Brown, Monroe, Green, Sullivan, Davies, Martin, Lawrence, Clay and Vigo Counties.

Indiana Rail Road Company in Martin County
Length - Approximately 16 Miles

The Indiana Railroad Line enters Martin County about 1 mile east of it's junction with US Route 231. It passes the town of Crane about 1 mile east of the county line. Approximately 10 miles east of Crane the Indiana Railroad Company Line passes throught the village of Indian Springs. About 4 miles east of Indian Springs the Indiana Railroad Company passes into Lawrence County.

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Indiana Rail Road Company in Lawrence County
Length - Approximately 13.7 miles

The Indiana Railroad enters Lawrence County approximately 13.7 miles from Martin County from its intersection with the CSX line which comes north from Mitchell in the eastern part of Bedford. A spur of the Indiana Railroad Company runs from approximately 10th Street in Bedford to the western end of Fifth Avenue in Oolitic.


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Indiana Rail Road Company in Monroe County
Length - Approximately 23 miles
The Indiana Railroad enters Monroe County from Green County about 1.4 miles north of Indiana State Road 45. It crosses Indiana State Road 45/37 on the western edge of Bloomington about 1.8 miles from the point at which the two highways merge. It plunges into Bloomington on the north side. There is a spur near Fairveiw and Tenth Streets. The spur leads back west and crosses Indiana State Road 45/37 about 3.9 miles north of the highways intersection with the main line. About .75 miles north of Indiana State Road 46's intersection with 3rd Street on the east side of town the Indiana Railroad Company rail line crosses the highway and shoots northeast. It intersects Indiana State Road 45 about 4.2 miles from its intersection with Indiana State Road 46 near Bloomington. It continues towards the northeast, traveling along Lake Lemon and parelling East South Shore Drive for several miles before exiting Monroe County and into Brown County.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Michigan Road - Historic Byway- Indiana Historic Marker

Stone Bridge Across Big Creek - Near Big Oaks NWR - Michigan Road
Stone Bridge Across Big Creek - Near Big Oaks NWR - Michigan Road

Title of Marker:
Michigan Road
Location:
US 50 and N. Old Michigan Road, 2 miles east of Holton. (Ripley County, Indiana)
Installed by:
Indiana Historical Bureau 1949
Marker ID #:
ID# : 69.1949.1
Marker Text:
Extending from Michigan City to the Ohio River at Madison. Begun by the state in 1832 with funds obtained from sale of land granted by the Potawatomi Indians. Opened northern part of state to settlers.

Michigan Road
Michigan Road is one of the oldest roads in Indiana, built in the early 1800's to connect Madison, Indiana with Michigan City. When the Indiana State Government moved from Corydon, Indiana to Indianapolis, the legislators and governer found themselves in isolation. There were no good roads leading to the new capital city and the White River was not navigable. The sought to rectify this by passing legislation to build the first "superhighway" in the State of Indiana. To accomplish their goal, they needed to negotiate a treaty with the Potawatamie Indian Tribe and clear a vast swath of trees the length of the state.
Morgan's Trail Tour Stop - Michigan Road
Morgan's Trail Tour Stop - Michigan Road

Madison 
The first settlers began populating the site now known as Madison, Indiana around 1806. The town was incorporated in 1809, seven years before Indiana became a state. It's location along the Ohio River caused it to become an important town in the early state's history. In 1836 the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad was completed, connecting the growing city with the new state capital. The state's first major highway was the Michigan Road, commissioned in 1828. Construction began in 1830 and the road was completed in 1837. The Michigan Road, later to become State Road 29, ran from Madison, Indiana to Michigan City on Lake Michigan in the north. It ran through Indianapolis, connecting the state capital to the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. So by the 1840's, Madison was connected to the northern part of the state by road and rail.
Over half of the pioneers settling Indiana passed along this road, and this influx of traffic allowed Madison, Indiana to grow. Competing rail lines caused the railroad to fail, and other routes opened up, causing Madison, Indiana to fall in importance while other cities grew. The population maintained itself from the Civil War until the late 1900's. A program of downtown renewal has resulted in the creation of a vibrant small city along the banks of the Ohio River. The historic downtown has been revitalized, a river walk built along the river and there are exciting events all year, making Madison, Indiana a picturesque and inviting town to visit.
Michigan City 
The need for a good harbor on Lake Michigan spurred the developement of Michigan City. A real estate developer named Isaac C. Elston purchased 200 acres along the lakeshore in 1830. He recorded the plat in 1833. Michigan City incorporated in 1836. The completion of the Michigan Road in 1837 connected the growing city with Indianapolis and the Ohio River far to the south.
Treaty With The Potawatomi, 1826
The planned route of the road lay is land still claimed by the Potawatamie Indian Tribe, of which several hundred still lived in the area. To complete the road, the state needed to conclude a treaty with the tribe. This tribe and the state concluded this treaty on October 13, 1836. By terms of the treaty, the tribe conceded a strip of land 100 feet wide through their lands.
Construction of the Road
The legislation called for a road 100 feet wide, with the center thirty feet to be free of stumps. The state contracted out one mile long increments of the road to the lowest bidder. The first fifteen miles of road leading from Madison took over a year to build. The road traveled north from Madison to Napoleon, Indiana and on to Indianpolis.
Indiana State Road 29 followed much of the old route, which today has been superseded by several other highways and roads.
US Route 421 north of Madison follows some of the route of this early highway, and a section along Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge follows the original route of this early, historic road as it worked its way north. It begins at an intersection with US 421 about 1 mile north of the Jefferson County Line. A Morgan's Raid Marker is just off on the left as the road begins. For the first 5.1 miles Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge borders the west side of the road.
Michigan Road crosses US Route 50 about 10.5 miles from its inception on US 421.
Michigan Road ends about 8.8 miles north of US 50 at an intersection just south of Napoleon, Indiana. As it turns just near the northern end the original route of the road may be seen along the western edge of the cemetary. From Napoleon, the old road follows US 421 to Logansport. From there State Road 25 followed the original route to Rochester, Indiana. U.S. Route 31 followed the original route from Rochester to South Bend, Indiana. State Road 2 and U.S. Route 20 follow the original road from South Bend to Michigan City.
The Michigan Road was an important early conduit of travel and commerce in the State of Indiana's early history and it still exists in short sections. Another section survives in Decatur and Shelby counties.

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Indiana State Road 446


Indiana State Road 446
Indiana State Road 446, in spite of the fact that as an even numbered highway which should run east/west, is a north/south highway. It begins at an intersection with US Route 50 about ten miles east of its intersection with Indiana State Road 58 in Seymour Indiana in Lawrence County. On its way north it crosses Lawrence and Monroe Counties.

Indiana State Road 446 in Lawrence County
Length - About 8.1 miles



Indiana State Road 446 begins at an intersection with US 50 about 9.8 miles east of its intersection with Indiana State Road 37 in Bedford. It travels north and leaves Lawrence County, entering Monroe County about 8.1 miles from this intersection.

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Indiana State Road 446 in Monroe County
Length - About 15 miles



Indiana State Road 446 enters Monroe County about 4.5 miles north of its intersection with Indiana 58 in Lawrence County. The highway crosses Lake Monroe about 7.2 miles north of the county line. Indiana State Road 446 ends at an intersection with Indiana State Road 46 on the eastern side of Bloomington, Indiana.


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Indiana State Road 37


Indiana State Road 37

Indiana State Road 37 begins at an intersection with Indiana State Road 66 in Tell City Indiana and continues northeast to the Indiana State Line. At the Indiana State Line Indiana State Road 37 enters Ohio and become Ohio State Road 2. On its way northeast it passes through Perry, Crawford, Orange, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Johnson, Marion, Hamilton, Madison, Grant, Huntington, Allen, Counties.


Indiana State Road 37 In Lawrence County
Approximate Length - About 24 miles

Indiana State Road 37 enters Lawrence County from Orange County about ten miles north of its intersection with Indiana State Road 56 in Paoli in Orange County. About 3.3 miles north of the county line the highway intersects Indiana State Road 60 at Mitchell as State Road 60 exits east towards Spring Mill State Park. About 1 mile north Indiana State Road 60 intersects from the north from Moorestown. The two highways run in conjuntion for about a mile. About 5.7 miles north of State Road 60 Indiana State Road 37 intersects US Route 50 in Hartleyville. US 50 and Indiana State Road 37 run in conjunction for about 4.3 miles to Bedford where US 50 exits towards the east.
At this intersection Indiana State Road 158 also meets Indiana State Road 37 from the west. About one half mile north of this Indiana State Road 58 intersects Indiana State Road 37 from the east. The two highways run in conjunction with Indiana State Road 37 through Oolitic.
About 4.3 miles north of this intersection Indiana State Road 37 intersects Indiana State Road 54 where Indiana State Road 58 diverges, following the course of Indiana State Road 54.
About 6.5 miles north of Indiana State Road 54 Indiana State Road 37 exits Lawrence County and enters Monroe County.

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Indiana State Road 37 In Monroe County
Approxomate Length - 26.5 Miles



Indiana State Road 37 enters Monroe County about 10.7 miles from its intersection with US Route 50 in Bedford, Indiana. About 12.5 miles north it intersects Indiana State Road 45 in Bloomington, Indiana. About 3.7 miles further north Indiana State Road 37 intersects Indiana State Road 46 at the nortern edge of Bloomington. About 11.7 miles north of this intersection Indiana State Road 37 enters Morgan County. In Monroe County the road is designated the Ruel Steele Memorial Highway.

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Indiana State Road 3

Indiana State Road 3

Indiana State Road 3 begins at an intersection with Indiana State Road 62 near Charlestown, Indiana and ends at an intersection with Indiana State Road 120 near Brighton, Indiana. On its way north it crosses Clark , Scott, Jefferson, Jennings, Decatur, Rush, Henry, Delaware, Blackford, Huntington, Wayne, Whitely, Noble and Steuben counties.

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Indiana State Road 60 in Clark County
Length - About 11.2 Miles
Indiana State Road 3 begins at an intersection with Indiana State Road 62 in Charlestown a short distance west of Charlestown State Park. Indiana State Road 3 is Market Street in Charlestown. Small towns along the way include Otisco and Marysville. Otisco, platted in 1854 after the rail line extended to that point, the unincorporated town possibly derives its name from Otisco Lake in New York. Marysville takes its name from a local resident, Mary Kimberlain. Laid out in 1871 along the railroad, the original plat contained 40 lots. The 2012 tornado that swept through Clark County also destroyed many structures in Marysville. The highway exits Clark County about 11 miles to the north, entering Jefferson County about 1.5 miles north of Marysville.

Indiana State Road 3 in Jefferson County
Length - Approximately 7.2 miles
Indiana State Road 3 enters Jefferson County from Scott County about 1.5 miles north of its intersection with Indiana State Road 56. Indiana State Road 3 intersects Indiana State Road 156 about .5 miles from the county line. The highway leaves Jefferson County about 6.9 miles north as it enters Jennings County after passing through the Jefferson County town of Deputy.

Indiana State Road 3 in Jennings County
Length - Approximately 22.8 miles

Indiana State Road 3 enters Jennings County at a little town called Paris Crossing about 6.4 miles from its intersection with Indiana State Road 256 in Jefferson County. It intersects Indiana State Road 250 at this point, on the county line. It intersects Indiana State Road 7 about 11.1 miles from the county line. The two highways run in conjunction for 3.2 miles through downtown North Vernon, intersecting US Route 50 about 1.9 miles from the intersection. About 1 mile north of this intersection Indiana State Road 7 and 3 part ways. About 8.1 miles north of this point Indiana State Road 3 leaves Jennings County and enters Decatur County.

Smithville, Indiana

Smithville, Indiana



County - Monroe
Township - Clear Creek
Population - 1,035
Elevation - 732 ft (223 m)
Time zone - Eastern
ZIP code - 47401
Area code(s) - 812



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