|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
Founded on April 14, 1927, the Indiana Limestone Corporation has grown to include ten quarries spread over six central Indiana counties. The quarries combine to cover over 4500 acres and have a 100-year supply of quality Indiana Limestone.
The Quarries of Indiana
Indiana's quarries produce rock known by many names, Indiana Limestone, Indiana Oolitic Limestone, Bedford Oolitic Limestone, and Bedford Rock. The limestone belt that produces this high quality stone encompasses most of Monroe and Lawrence Counties. Limestone of lesser quality underlies much of the rest of central and east central Indiana. Hoosiers began quarrying limestone during the middle of the Eighteenth Century. Indiana has been at the forefront of limestone production. Limestone from Indiana has been the preferred building material for many buildings from New York to Washington DC and other places. The Empire State Building has Indiana limestone as a major component of its structure.
County - Lawrence
Area - 12.16 sq mi (30.8 km2)
Elevation - 686 ft (209 m)
Population (2010) - Total - 13,413
Time zone - Eastern
Area code(s) – 812
Bedford is a city of just over 13,000 people at the intersection of Indiana State Road 37 and US 50. It has served as the county seat of Lawrence County since about 1825. It is about ten miles north of Mitchell, Indiana.
For information about dining, shopping and lodging in Bedford, Indiana contact:
Lawrence County Visitors Center
533 West Main St
Mitchell, 3-1/2 miles from Spring Mill State Park
Monday - Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
Parts of this article excerpted from:
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South Central Edition
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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