Townsend, a representative from the Indiana Historic Pathway
or IHP, met with local residents and Ripley County Tourism officials
in November to present information about the newest National
Scenic Byway and its importance to Southeastern Indiana.
Indianas newest scenic byway meanders along from Vincennes
on US 50 to Lawrenceburg, making a slight detour at Shoals onto
US 150 all the way to Clarksville.
IHP celebrates the early settlement and transportation routes
of the State from pre-history to the present. Roads beginning
with the hooves of bison along the Buffalo Trace and extending
through native peoples and pioneer explorers to stagecoaches
and then railroads, automobiles and trucks, stimulated the growth
of towns and villages of southern Indiana.
Indiana Historic Pathways is a grass roots organization that
uses only volunteers. The area they concentrate on spans 16
Indiana counties, including Ripley County. Indianas newest
scenic byway passes through all 16 of these counties.
This historic byway continues to stimulate community growth
and development. IHP has a map detailing the route of the byway
listed on the back of a tear-off map which depicts special historical
places for each Indiana county. Ripley Countys points
of interest listed are: Versailles State Park, Milan 54
Basketball Museum, Busching covered bridge, Otter Creek covered
bridge, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Tyson Temple United
Methodist Church and the Ripley County Tourism Bureau.
IHP has a task force that plan and execute activities such as
education and public outreach, marketing, resources, Volksmarches,
tear-off maps and rack cards to be used for education, and photo
contests. Their current logo, which features the buffalo, is
the result of a logo contest. Volksmarches are walking tours
in the German tradition and include a seven-mile walk. Further
information may be obtained by going to the website at www.indianahistoricpathways.org.
Future plans include getting a grant to have their logo featured
on road signs along the byway. They are currently planning a
new four-color brochure. They hope to hold more Volksmarches
in conjunction with area parks. They also plan to do more educational
workshops for teachers and the general public.
IHP requests volunteers to help with their plans. If walking
and preserving the past are things you enjoy, this organization
wants to talk to you. Call 1-800-489-4474 for more information
or go to www.usi.edu/hsi/resources/IHP.asp.
Townsend told those gathered at the meeting at the Tyson Library
recently their purpose is to attract visitors into southern
Indiana and to educate Indianas citizens about our rich