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    by Toughluck Updated Nov 21, 2006

    Spring Mills State Park is a combination of three nature preserves and an historic village. The park is located on IN 60, east of Mitchell. This is an easy day outing from Bedford or a wonderful place to spend a week and include Bedford in you iteneraries.

    The park includes eight trails (see next items), three nature preserves and a working Pioneer Village. There is something for every member of the family.

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    by Toughluck Updated Nov 21, 2006

    Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial located near the main entrance and includes the Gemini III Capsule, his spacesuit and other memorabilia. Grissom is a native of Mitchell, just west of the park.

    He piloted Liberty 7 (Mercury-Redstone Mission #4) to become the 2nd person to orbit the earth. His capsule sank after landing in the ocean. It was recovered in 1999.

    He became the pilot of the first manned Gemini flight (Gemini Mission #3). This capsule is included in the memorial. Because of the mishap with his first mission, the capsule was named 'Molly Brown' after the real-life Molly Brown, who's story had been was playing on broadway 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' .

    Grissom was commander of Apollo 1, the first manned Apollo flight. He was killed along with astronauts Ed White and Roger B. Chaffee in a fire at Cape Kennedy on January 27 1967. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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    by Toughluck Updated Nov 21, 2006

    Pioneer Village – stroll through this village protected from development by it’s remote location deep in this valley. The village was already in existence in 1832 when the Hamer brothers arrived. The village was renamed Spring Mill. The village has a working Grist Mill, grinding local corn into cornmeal. The Mill office, school and several residences still populate the banks of Mill Creek. In the summer, water drips from the overhead flume adding to the damp coolness of the tree-sheltered community.

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    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 47.1967.1
    County: Lawrence
    Title: Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom April 3, 1926 - January 27, 1967

    Marker Text: Born in Mitchell, Indiana. Lieutenant Colonel Grissom flew the project Mercury sub-orbital mission, July 21, 1961. He was command pilot, first Gemini flight, March 23, 1965, and died in an Apollo spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, January 27, 1967.

    Credit Line: Erected by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission, 1966
    Directions: 8th & Main Streets, Mitchell. Reinstallation pending as of 12/2003.

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    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureua: ID#: 47.1966.1
    County: Lawrence
    Title: Indiana (Oolitic) Limestone Quarries

    Marker Text: Largest building stone quarries in the world, in continuous operation since the 1830s. These quarries have produced stone for many of the world's largest and finest memorials, buildings and bridges.

    Credit Line: Erected by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission, 1966
    Directions: Oolitic Town Hall, Main Street between Lafayette & Hoosier Avenues, Oolitic.

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    Carnegie Library downtown

    by Toughluck Updated Mar 28, 2007

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    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 47.1998.1
    County: Lawrence
    Title: Bedford Courthouse Square Historic District

    Marker Text: Courthouse square, part of original 1825 plat, surrounded by nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings in various architectural styles. Limestone facing quarried and milled by local industry. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1995.

    Credit Line: Erected 1998 Indiana Historical Bureau and Historic Preservation Committee of Bedford Revitalization, Inc.
    Directions: 1st between 15th & 16th Streets, east side of Lawrence County Courthouse square at sidewalk, Bedford.

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