Uplands Uncovered

In the rolling hills of the Indiana Uplands creativity and innovation thrive, industry and determination pave the way to success, and good friends and reliable neighbors are always by your side. Here you will find cherished traditions, distinctive history, and a vibrant community spirit that binds us together. This is the Indiana Uplands, where every day brings a new adventure and every dream finds its home. We invite you to learn more about what makes us unique by delving into the fascinating tapestry of our region, focusing on exciting new additions to our communities, and honoring the traditions before us.

Rock on! Limestone Month in the Uplands

What do the Pentagon, Lincoln Memorial, Empire State Building, Tribune Tower, and Grand Central Station all have in common? They are all made of Indiana Limestone!

 

Every June, the impact of this mineral in the Indiana Uplands is celebrated during Limestone Month! The celebratory month began in 2007 to recognize the heritage of the mineral in Lawrence and Monroe counties.

 

You may ask, “What is limestone?” The history goes back millions of years when marine fossils began to decompose at the bottom of a shallow inland sea that covered portions of southern Indiana. Indiana limestone is durable and requires low maintenance because it is nearly 100% calcium carbonate. That also means the mineral is affordable while also looking uniquely beautiful. Limestone is found underground in the Stone Belt, an area in both Lawrence and Monroe counties. The 35-mile-long, 10-mile-wide area is where people can see limestone all over – from highways to wooded hills. All those hills, rocky terrain, caves, and caverns? Limestone is the reason behind it all!

 

Uplanders are invited all month long in June to tour limestone quarries and buildings in Monroe County, watch limestone carvings, look at various limestone exhibits, and enjoy other festivities, including the Limestone Fest at Indiana University.

 

Lawrence County is known as “Limestone Country” for its limestone quarrying and carving history that began in the early 1800s. With a name like that, it will be no surprise to learn the county plans festivities throughout June to celebrate limestone! The Limestone Heritage Festival (pictured) in downtown Bedford brings people from all over to see live limestone carvings and cast their votes for their favorite! And no festival is complete without a parade, food, live music, and a beer garden! Different limestone tours are also available throughout June, including at the Indiana Limestone Company, which has been a provider of this natural stone since 1926!

 

In the Indiana Uplands, we applaud and welcome ideas and innovation. The rich limestone heritage in Lawrence and Monroe counties further proves that spirit has been around for many years as Uplanders used such a durable and beautiful mineral to contribute to the outstanding architectural history of our nation!

Majestic Murals

We’re the Indiana Uplands, where the arts thrive in many forms — unique art galleries, historic theaters, music festivals, and artisan fairs. Of course, we have beautiful, eye-popping murals in our communities!

From colorful murals displaying historic figures to picturesque paintings on the side of buildings welcoming visitors to communities, you will find awe-inspiring art in our region.

The Indiana Destination Development Corporation funds these public art projects spread across the state. Each mural project incorporates the “IN Indiana” campaign in a unique way that captures the spirit of each local community.

Stay tuned to IDDC’s page to view new murals as they are completed around the state, including the Uplands!

 

Here is a list of communities with completed murals in the Uplands, where you can see them, and the artists:

A Touch of Heaven located at 425 E. Main St. in Washington – Artist: Jennifer Peachee

Brown County Salt Creek Trail located at 01-135 State Road 46 in Nashville – Artist: Kurt Eagleman

Brown County Visitors Center located at 211 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville – Artist: Mark Schmidt

Carnegie Heritage and Art Center located at 140 S. Main St. in Linton – Artist: Kali Smith

Destination Huntingburg located at 401 4th St. in Huntingburg – Artist: Elizabeth Wertman

Discover Downtown Washington located at 107 E. Main St. in Washington – Artist: Barb Stahl

Heart of Jasper located at 505 Main St. in Jasper – Artist: Elizabeth Wertman

Heritage Mall, LLC located at 41 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville – Artist: Kurt Eagleman

Loogootee Eye Center located at 109 W. Main St. in Loogootee – Artist: Barbara Stahl

Main Street Jasper located at the Alley on the corner of the Courthouse Square on Main Street in Jasper – Artist: Blondebrush

Mulberry Cottage located at 46 W. Main St. in Nashville – Artist: Kurt Eagleman

Owen County Community Foundation, Inc. located at 114 E Franklin St. in Spencer – Artist: Israel Hogan

 

Images of these murals fail to capture the full essence of their beauty. We definitely recommend taking a road trip through our region to see these beautiful, and BIG, pieces of art for yourself! Don’t forget your camera!