Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Headwaters of the Wabash

The headwaters of the Wabash River.
The mighty Wabash is just a tiny stream at
its source south of Fort Recovery, Ohio.
The Wabash River is the largest river in Indiana. Many songs and poems have been written about the lazy river that meanders its way from northeast to southwest across the state. Numerous towns sprang up on its banks; the river providing both a reliable water supply and an early mode of transportation for crops, produce and livestock produced in its fertile valley.

The Wabash is without doubt Indiana’s river, even though its mighty waters start modestly in the state of Ohio. This is a photo of the headwaters of the Wabash taken at its source just south of Fort Recovery, Ohio.

While Hoosiers will always claim the Wabash their own, we should offer thanks to our eastern neighbors for giving us such a great gift.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Indiana’s High Point: Hoosier Hill

Perhaps one of the more humorous places to visit in Indiana is Hoosier Hill, the highest point in Indiana. Before you break out your climbing gear you should know that you can drive your car right up to a little parking spot just a few feet away from the highest point in the state of Indiana. There’s a short path that leads to a picnic table where you can take in the glorious views.

The truth is there are no views because Indiana’s high point is in a small patch of woods and it only rises a few feet above the surrounding countryside. If you’re a high pointer you can easily visit Ohio’s highest point just east of Bellefontaine, only about 80 miles east of here.

To get to Indiana’s high point take Highway 227 north out of Richmond, Indiana, about 13 miles to County Road 1100S. Turn left (west), go to the first road Elliott Rd.and turn left (south) again. The little patch of woods you see on the right-hand side of the road is where Hoosier Hill is located. There’s a small parking lane just on the southern part of the woods patch.

Be sure to sign the visitors register. There are humorous quotes in the book, things like – “We made it. What a climb!” or “Can’t stay long- forgot oxygen mask.”
This is what you’ll see at the summit of Hoosier Hill.

The “spectacular” view from the parking lane of Hoosier Hill.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wilbur Wright’s Birthplace

The Wilbur Wright birthplace home near Millville, Indiana.
In a sparsely populated area of East Central Indiana, in the midst of vast stretches of corn and soybean fields, you’ll find the birthplace of Wilbur Wright near Millville, Indiana. The house pictured here is a replica. The original farm house burned long ago. Alongside Wright’s birthplace you’ll find an excellent museum documenting Wright’s youth and the life of him and his brother Orville, culminating in the first controlled, sustained powered flights on December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I love this area of Indiana. The rural county roads are narrow and look very old. You’ll see many old farms and houses from the turn of the century. It also happens to be the highest part of Indiana with elevations running 1100 to over 1200 feet.