With its rural charm and healing sulfur springs, French Lick and West Baden Springs have long drawn travelers in search of the perfect place to enjoy gracious Southern Indiana hospitality—some for a weekend getaway, and others to put down roots as long-time residents. Orange County and the towns of Paoli and Orleans offer farmers markets, thriving 4-H and agriculture programs, and career cooperatives that enhance the career readiness of students. The popular French Lick Scenic Railway, which transforms into a magical Polar Express storybook adventure during the holidays, gives passengers the opportunity to survey 20 miles of gently rolling hills, limestone outcroppings, and the Hoosier National Forest.
Photo:West Baden Springs Hotel
In the early 1900s, French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels were iconic symbols of economic achievement for rural southern Indiana. The impressive atrium dome of West Baden spanning 200 feet was once regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. Orange County became a famed vacation destination, which drew prominent guests like President Franklin D. Roosevelt who wanted to partake in the healing water of the natural sulfur springs. Revitalization of these two historic properties within the last decade has infused the county with new jobs and thriving tourism.
Photo courtesy of French Lick Resort.
Towns: French Lick, Orleans, Paoli, & West Baden Springs
Key Industries: Tourism, accommodation and food service, manufacturing, and construction
Notable Facts: The Pete Dye Golf Course in French Lick is built on the highest elevation point in Indiana, offering a 40-mile panoramic view of Hoosier National Forest with immaculate fairways and a reputation for hosting major championship competitions.
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Photo courtesy of Big Splash Adventure.