St. Leon Pole Raising 2008

Every 4 years, on the 2nd Saturday before the presidential election, the community of St. Leon, Indiana continues the tradition of the Pole Raising to commemorate the presidency of Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson. Once a common occurrence, St. Leon is believed to be the only place where you can see the pole raising today. The locals head to the woods in the morning to cut down a tall hickory tree. Then drag it back to town for a short parade featuring a steam powered tractor hauling the tree behind. Next some political speeches and rallying followed by the raising.

Going Up
Going Up
Raised
Raised
Historical Marker
Historical Marker

OCTOBER 2012 UPDATE:

Interesting side note to the sign picture above. It appears that the Dearborn County Democrat Party liked this picture so much they decided to put it on their poster for the 2012 Pole Raising.

Poster with “Historical Marker” picture

 

Metamora, Historic Canal Town

Here are some panos from the quaint south eastern Indiana town of Metamora. Also featured are some views of the Duck Creek Aquaduct, perhaps the only functioning aquaduct in the USA. The aquaduct carries the restored canal boat “Ben Franklin” with passengers over the Duck Creek. There are a lot of small shops and galleries here and with several festivals and special events during the year it is a good place to spend a relaxing day or two.

Metamora Main Street
Metamora Main Street
Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse
Duck Creek Aquaduct
Duck Creek Aquaduct
Inside The Aquaduct
Inside The Aquaduct

Abandoned Bridge, Mt. Airy Forest

Deep in the heart of Mt. Airy forest lies this abandoned concrete bridge from an old roadway that has since been cut off by the construction of I-74 through the forest. My guess is that it carried an access road from West Fork Rd. into the park. Now no signs of the road but a trail does goes over it. A little downstream from here the creek enters 2 very large steel tunnels about 700′ long that goes through the fill made for interstate 74. Very cool to walk through those indeed.

tunnel-bridge
Abandoned roadway bridge to nowhere