Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bright Meadows Park

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Bright Meadows Park has two baseball fields, a soccer/pee-wee football field, half-court basketball facility, fitness path, playground, shelter houses and two parking areas.

Bright Meadows Park
State Line Road and Einsel Road
Bright, Indiana

Kirkwood Observatory

Bloomington, Indiana
Kirkwood Observatory
Indiana University
Astronomy Department
Swain Hall West 319
727 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7105
Near Indiana Avenue and 4th street
(812) 855-6911



Kirkwood Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Indiana University. It is located in Bloomington, Indiana and named for Daniel Kirkwood (1814 - 1895) an astronomer and professor of mathematics at Indiana University who discovered the divisions of the asteroid belt known as the Kirkwood Gaps.

Kirkwood Observatory was built in 1900 and dedicated on May 15, 1901. Kirkwood Observatory was thoroughly renovated during the 2001-2002 academic year. Although the facility is no longer used for research, its original refracting telescope, built by Warner & Swasey Company with a 12-inch (0.3m) Brashear objective lens, also received a complete restoration at that time.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Karst Farm Park & Soccer Complex

Karst Farm Park & Soccer Complex
2450 S. Endwright Rd.
Bloomington IN 47403



Karst Farm Park & Soccer Complex offers a wide range of activities including soccer, disc golf, ultimate, kickball and lacrosse. Karst Farm Park & Soccer Complex also has seven shelters available for rent, as well as multiple play areas for kids.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Guilford, Indiana

Guilford Covered Bridge
Guilford Covered Bridge 


Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums
South East Edition
Guilford, Indiana
County - Dearborn
Township - York
Elevation - 499 ft
ZIP code - 47022
Population - (York Township) - 1,221
Guilford History
Guilford is an unincorporated town in York Township, Dearborn County, Indiana. It is located at the forks of Tanners Creek. Charles L. and Josiah Campbell discovered that a railroad was soon to be built in the area and platted Guilford in 1850. The railroad created a town that was attractive to settlement and commerce. In 1875, Guilford boasted an Odd Fellows Hall, a Grange Hall, a school and a small railroad station.

Telephone Exchange and Post Office

Guilford is the only unincorporated community in Dearborn County that has its own telephone exchange prefix, (487), and its own post office, which was established at the forks of Tanners Creek in 1841.




IU Outdoor Pool

IU Outdoor Pool
17th Street & Fee Lane
Bloomington IN 47405
(812) 855-9584



The IU Outdoor Pool is open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day. Special features include an instructional pool for small children, a 10-lane, 50-meter lap pool and complete diving facility. Learn to swim sessions are offered regularly.

Recreation and lap swim at the IU Outdoor Pool from 1:30 pm - 6 pm daily.
Lap swim only 12 - 1:30 pm daily and 8-10 pm Monday through Friday.
Reasonable daily admission and season passes are available for the IU Outdoor Pool

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mary Stratton Park


A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Mary Stratton Park
The Mary Stratton Park derives its name from the founder of Aurora Woman's Research Club and daughter of Aurora's founder, Jesse L. Holman.
Aurora Woman's Research Club
Organized in 1896, the Research Club's mission was to promote the literary and culture of the women that belonged to the club. The club completed many projects around Aurora, including the creation of the park that bears the name of its founder. The Club dedicated the bandstand that stands in the park on July 17, 1914. There is also a picnic area and playground at Mary Stratton Park.
Mary Stratton Park
Fifth and Judiciary Streets
Aurora IN

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Pate Hollow Trail

Pate Hollow Trail



This 7.7 mile hike-only trail is a nice hike through mixed hardwoods with views of Lake Monroe. An old road serves as an inner connector for those desiring a shorter hike. The trailhead parking lot and the first few feet of the trail is located at the Paynetown State Recreation Area managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resource (DNR).

Pate Hollow Trail is a joint effort between the Hoosier National Forest and the Indiana DNR. The parking lot trailhead is administered by the DNR and offers access not only to the Hoosier National Forest Pate Hollow Trail, but also to the DNR White Tail Trail. The White Tail Trail intersects just a few feet into the trail and takes off to your left. Have fun on both trails but please be aware that different rules apply for each agency.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Markers & Museums -
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Waterways Park
Moore and Manchester Streets

Waterways Park has open shelters, picnic shelters, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. Fishing is also available and there is a playground. Nearby Largent Field has a lighted ballfield, more fishing and more playground equipment. A boat ramp to the Ohio River is also at Waterways Park.

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Waterways Park

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Waterways Park
Moore and Manchester Streets

Waterways Park has open shelters, picnic shelters, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. Fishing is also available and there is a playground. Nearby Largent Field has a lighted ballfield, more fishing and more playground equipment. A boat ramp to the Ohio River is also at Waterways Park.

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Brooks Cabin

Brooks Cabin
Tower Ridge Road
(812) 275-5987
1-866-302-4173



Brooks Cabin is an authentic log cabin at the edge of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness. Brooks Cabin serves as a welcome center for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness when it is open, but since it is staffed mostly by volunteers it is only open on weekends during the summer months.

Tax records and evidence left by artifacts indicate Brooks Cabin was built by John S. Brooks in the 1890's. The building is characteristic of log homes built in the eastern United States between 1850 and 1920. The Forest Service acquired the cabin in a land purchase in 1992. Until then, the structure was slowly deteriorating as a result of neglect and vandalism. Brooks Cabin was relocated to a location where it could be more accessible and useful. The entrance to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness was chosen as the place to reconstruct the cabin.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Aurora City Park - Aurora Pool

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Aurora City Park has a swimming pool, horseshoe pits, playground, fishing, pavilion, shelters and round barn.

Aurora City Park
Aurora Pool
Park Avenue
(812) 926-0049

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Blackwell Horsecamp

Blackwell Horsecamp
Tower Ridge Road
About one mile east of Indiana State Road 446, south of Bloomington, IN
(812) 275-5987
1-866-302-4173



Blackwell Horsecamp has long been a popular destination and overnight camping area for equestrians. Other campers are also welcome although the facilities are geared to provide for horses. Blackwell Horsecamp is along Tower Ridge Road in the center of the Charles Deam Wilderness area, approximately one mile from Highway 446. The camp also is a trailhead for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness trail system.

There is a picnic shelter at Blackwell Horsecamp, a loading area for people to easily mount horses, including people with disabilities, and hitching posts. Trails from the site link to the trail system in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness.

Blackwell Horsecamp is a primitive campground without designated sites and few amenities. The primary use of the campground is for campers with horses who ride trails into the Charles C. Deam Wilderness from this site.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Stone Eagle Golf Club

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Stone Eagle Golf Club
6688 Soap Hill Rd
Aurora, IN 47001
(812) 926-3595
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Hoosier National Forest


Hoosier National Forest

Monroe County, Jennings County, Lawrence County

Hoosier National Forest in Monroe County
Facilities of the Hoosier National Forest located in Monroe County
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
Blackwell Horsecamp
Brooks Cabin
Pate Hollow Trail

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Hoosier National Forest in Lawrence County
Hoosier National Forest
811 Constitution Avenue
Bedford, IN 47421
(812) 275-5987 or
1-866-302-4173

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Hoosier National Forest in Lawrence County
Hoosier National Forest
811 Constitution Avenue
Bedford, IN 47421
(812) 275-5987 or
1-866-302-4173

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Put A Round Miniature Golf - Aurora, Indiana

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Come and Putt-A-Round on our affordable challenging 1/2 acre 18 hole lighted outdoor miniature golf course. Our course offers traps, rough & also water hazards. Loads of fun for kids and adults. Put A Round Miniature Golf has an arcade with the latest video and Redemption games.

Put A Round Miniature Golf
9969 State Rt. 56
Aurora, IN 47001
(812) 551-5070

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Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve
3300 N. Headley Road.
Bloomington, IN
Boathouse Phone: (812) 349-3732



Griffy Lake Nature Preserve has 1,179 acres off N. Dunn St. and consists of a 109 acre lake. The Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Boathouse is located at 3300 N. Headley Road.

The scenic woodlands teem with wild flora and fauna in this 1,179 acre Nature Preserve. Swimming is prohibited and to protect wildlife, all dogs must remain leashed while in the preserve.

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Hiking trails:
Wetlands Trail (.3 mi., non-loop),
Nature Trail (.4 mi., loop),
Griffy Creek Trail (.5 mi., non-loop),
Hiking Trail (1.6 mi., loop).
All trail surfaces are wood chip and/or dirt. Trail guides are available at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office and the Griffy Lake Boathouse. Please remain on marked trails. Dogs must remain leashed at all times. Mountain biking, horseback riding and off-road vheicles are prohibited.

Parking Areas: 65 spaces at Boathouse, 20 off Dunn

Play Fields: Off N. Dunn

Restrooms: Next to boathouse, open to public during boathouse hours of operation

Also: Four tables by the Boathouse

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gladys Russel Wildlife Refuge


Gladys Russel Wildlife Refuge
Gladys Russel Wildlife Refuge
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
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South East Edition
While Gladys Russell is a wildlife preserve with excellent opportunities for bird watching, it also offers a number of low intensity uses including hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, and fishing. After water and sanitary facilities are added, activity by larger groups, such as family reunions, will be possible.

Located in west central Dearborn County (Manchester Township), Gladys Russell Wildlife refuge offers 148 acres with over four miles of walking/riding trails, a six acre lake for fishing, and a large meeting shelter with bathrooms.

Gladys Russel Wildlife Refuge.
13364 White Plains Road
Milan, IN 47031

A Step Back In Time

A Step Back In Time

A Step Back In Time offers personal guided tours of the Historical, Legends, Lore & Haunted History and the Unusual of Madison, Milton, Bedford and Surrounding Mid Ohio Valley.




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Frank Southern Ice Arena

Frank Southern Ice Arena
2100 S. Henderson St.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Ice Information Hotline: (812) 349-3741
Ice Arena Phone: (812) 349-3740



Frank Southern Ice Arena is an iIce arena with daily public skating sessions, hockey leagues, ice skating lessons. Open October through February.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

IU Golf Course

IU Golf Course
812-855-7543



The IU Golf Course is a public golf course located in Bloomington, Indiana with the following amenities:
18 Hole Golf Course
9 Hole Executive Golf Course
Lighted Driving Range
36 mat teeing stations
14-20 grass teeing stations.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Aurora Post Office

Aurora Post Office
501 Third St.
812-926-2818



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Eagle Pointe Golf

Eagle Pointe Golf
2250 East Pointe Road
Bloomington, IN 47401
812-824-4040





Experience the state's best kept secret when you visit Eagle Pointe Golf Resort, located on the beautiful wooded bluffs overlooking Monroe Reservoir, Indiana's largest lake. Enjoy the many amenities including golf, dining, tennis, swimming, banquet & meeting facilities and condominiums available for reservation. The resort is located just 8 miles south of Bloomington and Indiana University.

Stay at Eagle Pointe Golf in one of our 1-6 bedroom wooded view and lakeside condominiums, some of which overlook Lake Monroe.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Clear Creek Trail

Clear Creek Trail
Bloomington Parks and Recreation
Church Lane
Bloomington, IN 47402
Phone: (812) 349-3700



Clear Creek Trail is 20.8 acres, stretching 2.4 miles from Country Club Drive past Tapp Road to Church Lane, and connecting to the existing Bloomington Rail Trail.

The entire length of the Clear Creek Trail is wheelchair accessible. The Bloomington Rail Trail, which connects to the Clear Creek Trail just north of the 1887 historic bridge, is not accessible.

Clear Creek Trail was acquired in 1997 by 12 separate purchases with the City of Bloomington Utilities. A 'linear park', this trail offers an alternative means of transportation and represents a long-term commitment to connect public facilities by routes that do not require vehicles. Phase I of the Clear Creek Trail between Tapp Road and That Road was opened on May 23, 2001. Phase II from That Road to Church Lane is scheduled to open to the public on Oct. 30, 2003.

The 150' wrought-iron bridge was moved from its original home in Warren County where it spanned a river since 1887. The bridge was painstakingly restored, then placed over Clear Creek near the Church Lane trailhead on August 1, 2003.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Charles C. Deam Wilderness

Charles C. Deam Wilderness
Tower Ridge Road



The Charles C. Deam Wilderness area was designated a wilderness in 1982 and encompasses nearly 13,000 acres of the Hoosier NF. Wilderness designation places this area in a special legal status (subject to the 1964 Wilderness Act). It is managed to preserve a natural condition and provide opportunities for solitude. Approximate Length of Trails: 37 miles

Type: Hiking and horse riding.
Special Features: Long distance loop trails in a scenic hardwood forest with a variety of terrain.

Named for the first Indiana State Forester, the Charles C. Deam Wilderness is bordered on the north by the watery Middle Fork State Wildlife Refuge.

Directions:
From Bloomington go east on Indiana State Road 46 until you reach Indiana State Road 446. Turn right (south). After driving approximately 12.2 miles and crossing Lake Monroe you will reach Tower Ridge Road. Turn left. Tower Ridge Road bisects the Charles C. Deam Wilderness.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

City of Spires Historical Museum and Foundation Inc.

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
This former church serves as a museum and rental setting for weddings, concerts, funerals and other private and public events. Constructed in 1848 the sanctuary provides an ideal venue for gathering of one hundred people or less.
Museum
The museum features local historical displays. A volunteer board maintains the facility. Rental fees contribute to the preservation of the building.
City of Spires is a local museum available for weddings, concerts, memorial services, funerals, worship, and meetings. The City of Spires is comprised of an 1848 sanctuary, a small meeting room, and a larger social hall, the facility is an ideal setting for gatherings of about one hundred people or less. Known locally as the Fifth Street Church, the museum provides a panoramic vista of the Ohio River and the landscape of Kentucky on the south shore of the River. The facility is open only to scheduled tours. For rental or touring information, contact:

City of Spires Historical Museum and Foundation Inc..
111 Fifth St.
Aurora, Indiana 47001
(812) 926-0944.

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Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve

Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve
South Ketcham Road
317-923-7547




Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve features a 75-foot high limestone bluff and gnarled red cedars clinging to cliffs, Cedar Bluffs Nature Preserve provides a stunning display of species adaptation and survival in a harsh environment. At its eastern end, the bluff narrows and drops off into a rock-walled valley cut by a small tributary stream of Clear Creek. This canyon protects a lavish spring wildflower display and exhibits remarkable rock formations.



Directions to Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve from Bloomington, Indiana. Drive south on Walnut Street until it turns into Old Indiana State Road 37. Cross Indiana State Road 37 and continue driving south on Old Indinana State Road 37. Turn right onto South Ketchem Road. This is less than a mile from the intersection with Indiana State Road 37. Keep to the right and continue on South Ketcham Road for approximately four miles. You will pass West Fluck Mill Road and West Cedar Bluff Road. Parking is off to the right of the road less than a mile from West Cedar Bluff Road. The preserve is on the left. An alternate entrance is off Cedar Bluff Road. Just take a left off South Ketcham Road when you reach Cedar Bluff Road. Parking is located at the entrance to the preserve.

Owned & Managed By
The Nature Conservancy

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Aurora Public Library

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Besides the book collection, the Aurora Public Library has many other ways to meet your needs. The Aurora Public Library has video, audio, newspaper and magazine sections. There is a local history room at each Library building. Computer, Internet, and Printer access are available to patrons who agree to follow current policies concerning computer usage. A public copy machine is located at each Library building. The library offers public computers and wireless access to internet.

Aurora Public Library.
414 Second St.
812-926-0646
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Cascades Golf Course

Cascades Golf Course
3550 N Kinser Pike
(812) 349-3764.





Cascades Golf Course consists of three nine-hole course, which can be combined to create three separate 18-hole configurations.

Quarry Course
The oldest of the three courses, dating back to 1928. The Quarry Course is a par-35, playing a maximum of 2,995 yards.
Pine Course
Constructed in 1931, the Pine Course is a par-36, playing a maximum of 3,135 yards.
Ridge Course
The newest course, opened in 2000. The Ridge Course is a par-36 which plays a maximum of 3,086 yards.

The course rests on 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills with native trees and natural topography. Named for the natural cascading waterfalls located throughout the golf course property, several waterfalls can be heard, and with a brief walk off the perimeter of several holes, can be seen from the course.

Cascades Golf Course offers amenities to meet the needs of any golfer. Leagues are offered for all ages, and the Clubhouse houses locker rooms, a concession stand and a banquet/conference facility.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Bryan Park Pool

Bryan Park Pool
1001 S. Henderson St.
(812) 349-3700



Bryan Park Pool has a zero-depth activity pool designed for children under 10 yrs., two waterslides*, 17' drop slide, and concession area.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Underground Railroad - Indiana

Underground Railroad - Indiana

Underground Railroad in Ripley County


Dearborn County Underground Railroad

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Bloomington Rail Trail

Bloomington Rail Trail
(between South Rogers and Old State Road 37)
Bloomington, IN 47402
Phone: (812) 349-3700



The Bloomington Rail Trail is a two-mile, gravel surface trail that connects with the Clear Creek Trail north just north of the Clear Creek Trail's Church Lane Trailhead.

Parking for the Bloomington Rail Trail is available at the trailhead at Country Club Drive, between South Walnut Street and South Rogers Street.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Southfork Marshes

Southfork Marshes
Blue Creek Road



The Southfork Marshes are on the eastern end of Lake Monroe and are formed by the waters of Lake Monroe overflowing the banks of Sand Creek due to the dam.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Stillwater Marsh

Stillwater Marsh



To get to Stillwater Marsh 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.

Stillwater Marsh is open October 15 through April 15; the rest of the year, there are viewing stations to watch waterfowl. Bald eagles have been sighted.

During the winter and early spring, water is pumped into Stillwater from the north fork of Salt Creek to create an important resting area for waterfowl. In mid-April, the marsh is drained and then planted with 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.

This is a great area for birds. The following birds may be expected to be found here.
Swans
geese
grebes
ducks
Flycatchers
Olive-sided
Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Acadian Flycatchers
Vireos
Veery Thrush
Gray-cheecked Thrush
Wood Thrush
Cerulean Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Bald Eagles
Northern Harriers



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