The Land of Limestone


The family made the 6-hour drive to Bedford, Indiana, this past weekend for a visit with friends. Bedford is the county seat of Lawrence County, Indiana, which hails itself as the Limestone Capital of the World. Indiana limestone has been used to construct famous buildings like the Empire State Building, the Tribune Tower in Chicago, the Pentagon and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Also, 35 state capitol buildings are made of Indiana limestone.

I had the privilege of working for the Bedford newspaper for a few years and makings some really good friends up there. We went back for a visit for the first time in six years this past weekend and while there went on a limestone tour. It’s better to go on the limestone tour in summer because the quarries are open and working. In winter it is too cold so we weren’t able to see the quarries while we were there. But I took a few nice pictures of the Otis Park Band Shell — made of Indiana limestone — and purchased a few limestone souvenirs at the gift shop.

Some pictures from the tour:

The Band Shell at Otis Park

The Otis Park Band Shell was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project built in 1938.

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The top quote is by Martin Luther: “Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”

The second quote is from the poem  The Queen’s Wake by James Hogg, also known as The Ettrick Shepherd: “Of all the arts beneath the heaven that man has found, or God has given, none draws the soul so sweet away as music’s melting, mystic lay.”

A cool trivia fact: There is a law in Bedford that a certain number of concerts have to be held at the band shell each year. I’m thinking it was 2, maybe 3.

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