Southern Indiana Living

JUL-AUG 2016

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July/Aug 2016 • 16 State Parks of Indiana A visit to the unique, natural re- source known as the Falls of the Ohio State Park is an oppor- tunity to let your imagination take fight! As you stand and survey the vast 200 acres of fossil beds, envision the Ohio river trafc that once made its way along nearly 1,000 miles of waterway during the late 1700s to the late 1800s. The Falls of the Ohio, a 26-foot drop of crashing rapids that spanned the width of the river and fowed for more than two miles, was the one natural obstruction to smooth travel. Picture the communities of native Indi- ans that controlled the fow of trafc and traded their navigational expertise for the goods early explorers and setlers moved along the river. Envision herds of bison—up to 8,000 head—splashing across the shallow wa- ters of the Falls on their migration west to the prairies and east to the salt licks of Kentucky and beyond. Early setlers traveling the wilderness by wagon were no doubt thankful for the wide paths the huge beasts cut through the woods and prairies. Glance westward and imagine Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark shaking hands to seal the deal on leading their grueling Corps of Discovery exploration. The two- and-a-half-year expedition to map out the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase and fnd a practical route across the western half of the continent began at the Falls of the Ohio. A replica of the home of Clark's brother, George Rogers Clark, the highest ranking American military ofcer during the Revolutionary War, can be found on the park's grounds. Try to see your surroundings through the eyes of American author and humorist Mark Twain and American poet, essayist and journalist Walt Whitman to discover what inspired them to write about the Falls area. Drop your gaze to the limestone Fall in Love with the Falls of the Ohio History and afordable family fun abound at one-of-a kind state park Story by Lisa Griffn Photos provided by Falls of the Ohio "The Falls of the Ohio is a unique, one-of-a-kind urban oasis that ofers something for everyone," - Dani Cummins

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