Podcast – Southeast Indiana Court Houses

Greetings, today I want to talk about the court houses of Southeastern Indiana. My book, Southeast Indiana Day Trips from my Road Trip Indiana Series includes short histories of each of the counties as well as the court houses Continue reading Podcast – Southeast Indiana Court Houses

Podcast – Southeast Indiana Interesting Places

Greetings, today I want to talk about some of the interesting historical places of Southeastern Indiana. I will use the historical markers located around the region as a reference point. My book, Southeast Indiana Day Trips from my Road Trip Indiana Series includes every historical marker installed by the Indiana Historical Bureau in the region. In the book, I include the text of the marker as well as some background information to give the marker more context. Historical markers, ignored by many, can give some interesting insights into the events, people and places of a city, town or village. Many of the topics of the markers are not well known. Continue reading Podcast – Southeast Indiana Interesting Places

Podcast – Historical People of Southeast Indiana

Greetings, today I want to talk about some of the historically notable people of Southeastern Indiana. I will use some of the historical markers located around the region as a reference point. My book, Southeast Indiana Day Trips from my Road Trip Indiana Series includes every historical marker installed by the Indiana Historical Bureau in the region. In the book, I include the text of the marker as well as some background information to give the marker more context. Historical markers, ignored by many, can give some interesting insights into the events, people and places of a city, town or village. Many of the topics of the markers are not well known. Continue reading Podcast – Historical People of Southeast Indiana

Podcast – Southeast Indiana Parks

In this episode the author visits several of the parks in Southeastern Indiana. The selection includes state parks, state forests, nature preserves, local parks and National Wildlife Refuges. The parks discussed include:
Deam Lake
Clark State Forest
Brookville Lake
Whitewater Memorial State Park
Clifty Falls State Park
Lamplighter Riverfront Park
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
Muscatatuck Park
Calli Nature Preserve
Versailles State Park
Hardy Lake and Campgrounds Continue reading Podcast – Southeast Indiana Parks

Podcast – A Road Trip to Metamora Indiana

This episode of the Indiana Places and History podcast relates the history of Metamora, Indiana, the history of the Whitewater Canal as well as the Mammoth Internal Improvement Act Of 1836. Listeners will also learn about the Whitewater State Historic Site and find information about the train ride on the Whitewater Valley Railroad.
Whitewater Canal History
The Whitewater Canal connected Hagerstown, Indiana with Cincinatti Ohio and during its brief existence provided an economical route for farmers to ship their products to the city.
Mammoth Internal Improvement Act Of 1836
Touted as a major economic boon, the Mammoth Internal Improvement Act Of 1836 provided the mechanism for funding a number of vital transportation venues for the developing state of Indiana. Unfortunatly the Panic of 1837 squashed the economy and the Act quickly proved to be a financial disaster for Indiana.
Whitewater Canal State Historic Site
Metamora Train Ride
The Whitewater Valley Railroad provides riders with a beautiful train ride from Connersville to Metamora, allowing visitors to visit the state historic site as well as browse the many quaint shops and restaurants in Metamora. Continue reading Podcast – A Road Trip to Metamora Indiana

Podcast – Road Trip Indiana – Aurora, Indiana

Aurora, Indiana Attractions

This episode takes you on a tour of the attractions of Aurora Indiana, which is near the site of a minor, but fateful, Revolutionary War conflict. Lochry’s Massacre, sometimes called Lochry’s Defeat, resulted in the death of Colonel Archibald Lochry and about 37 of his men. Listeners will also learn about Hillforest House Museum, a wonderful mansion overlooking downtown Aurora, Indiana. During your visit to Aurora you can relax at Lesko Park overlooking the Ohio River. Lesko Park also serves as the western trailhead for Dearborn Trail. Join me for another exciting road trip in southeastern Indiana as we travel around the state using great Southeast Indiana tourism guides. Continue reading Podcast – Road Trip Indiana – Aurora, Indiana

Road Trip Indiana – Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Greetings, in this episode I will take you on a tour of the Dearborn County seat, Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Listeners can find complete information about Lawrenceburg attractions and other places around southeastern Indiana by purchasing my book, Southeast Indiana Day Trips from my Road Trip Indiana Series.
The podcast includes information about the Dearborn Trailhead, the Dearborn County Historical Society, the Oxbow and the Guilford Covered Bridge.
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Podcast – Road Trip to Indiana’s Early Coed College

This podcast recounts the history of one of Indiana’s first colleges to admit women, the Moore’s Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute. The college was established in 1854 and opened to students in 1856. It was one of only two colleges that admitted women in Indiana.
Moore’s Hall
Three story Moore’s Hall was constructed that year and served as the only building on the campus until 1908. The first female graduate was Jane S. Churchill in 1858. The college changed its name to Moores Hill College in 1887.
Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall was constructed in Moores Hill and would serve as the college’s main classroom. Moore’s Hall became the student dormitory after that.
Moore’s Hill High School
After the college moved to Evansville in 1917 the former college became the site for Moore’s Hill High School. The nickname for the school was the Moore’s Hill Bobcats. The high school closed in 1968. Carnegie Hall has been restored and currently serves as a museum, event venue and community center. Continue reading Podcast – Road Trip to Indiana’s Early Coed College

Podcast – Indiana Road Trip – George Rogers Clark Memorial

George Rogers Clark Memorial
In this podcast the author visits the southwestern Indiana city, Vincennes where we will visit an important national memorial to George Rogers Clark. It was Clark’s exploits during the early phases of the Revolutionary War that ensured that the vast territory now composed of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin was added to the fledgling United States at the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended America’s struggle for independence.
George Rogers Clark
George Rogers Clark (November 19, 1752 – February 13, 1818)
John Clark and Ann Rogers Clark produced the second of their ten children on November 19, 1752. George Rogers Clark entered the world near Charlottesville, Virginia on the frontier. The family moved away from the frontier after the outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1754. Their new home was a 400-acre plantation that John Clark eventually increased to 2000 acres. His parents sent him to his grandfather’s home so he could attend Donald Robertson’s school. This famous school also educated James Madison and John Taylor, who attended at the same time as George Rogers Clark. His grandfather taught him how to survey land. At twenty, George joined a surveying team that traveled into Kentucky, which was part of Virginia at the time. The Treaty of Fort Stanwix had opened Kentucky to settlement and new settlers were flooding into the area. The Iroquois had signed the treaty had, but the various tribes that made up the rest of the area did not. British Lieutenant-Governor Henry Hamilton encouraged the Amerindian tribes to raid American settlements in Kentucky. Clark headed up defensive attacks against these tribes. On October 1, 1777, Clark departed Kentucky to travel to Virginia to request permission to undertake a daring mission against the British outposts at Vincennes, Kaskaskia and Cahokia.
Clark Captures Fort Sackville
The expedition headed by George Rogers Clark captured Fort Sackville from the British on February 24, 1779 after a grueling, frigid mid winter march through prairie and a waterlogged landscape.
George Rogers Clark Legacy
The capture ensured Clark’s legacy as the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest”. The conquest ensured that the huge swath of land between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers would be controlled by the United States at the end of the Revolutionary War.
George Rogers Clark Memorial Murals
The George Rogers Clark Memorial features a series of murals depicting the story of Clark’s conquest. Continue reading Podcast – Indiana Road Trip – George Rogers Clark Memorial

Podcast – Road Trip Indiana – Clarksville, Indiana

In this episode listeners will remain in Clark County as I talk about Clarkstown, Indiana. This one covers the George Rogers Home site, where Lewis and Clark launched their famous expedition, the Falls of the Ohio and two live theatres operating in Clarksville. Join me for another exciting road trip in southeastern Indiana. Continue reading Podcast – Road Trip Indiana – Clarksville, Indiana