Unusual Places in Indiana to Visit

April 18th, 2019 by

limestoneIf you’re getting tired of the same old places to visit in Indiana, check out these unusual ones. From secret catacombs underground to beautiful limestone quarries, you’ll look at Indiana differently after visiting these places.

  1. Market Street Catacombs

The Market Street Catacombs in Indianapolis is an unusual place that many people are unaware of. While thousands of people walk above these each day, many have no idea miles of tunnels are connected underneath. These were built over 100 years ago back in the late 1880s. The catacombs were built under the streets so meats and produce could be transported and stored before being sold in the market.

This was before refrigerators existed, so it was a way to keep things cooler. Food could be left underground for the entire night until vendors were ready to sell it the next morning. They’re not open to the public, so you’ll need to schedule an appointment — and have a compelling reason to want to see them.

  1. Empire Quarry

You may not think of Indiana as a place full of Instagram-worth spots, but you’ll change your mind when you see Empire Quarry. Here, you’ll find some of the best limestones in the country — perhaps even the world. Head to the hills of Bloomington and  Bedford to see the stunning place in person.

The area used to be a high-trafficked area, as many famous buildings in the area were created from these materials, such as the Pentagon and the Empire State Building. However, builders started using glass and metal skyscrapers instead of stone masonry, and the limestone quarry is now mainly viewed by tourists.

  1. New Harmony Labyrinth

The New Harmony Labyrinth was built in the 19th century to be a place to reflect and meditate for a very religious German society known as the Rappites. They eventually abandoned the town of New Harmony and left their labyrinth in ruins until the middle of the 20th century, when it was reconstructed to be a maze. When you visit the main street in New Harmony, you’ll see the labyrinth, which you can visit for free. There are gates to get to the central temple, or you can make the experience challenging by maneuvering through the labyrinth until you get to the middle.

  1. Knightridge Space Observatory

The Knightridge Space Observatory in Bloomington is a hit with astronomy lovers, as it has a telescope dome that’s two stories tall. It was built in 1936 and had a four-ton telescope that could go out the retractable slot in the ceiling for viewing the stars. While this solution was simple, it was very effective for astronomers in the early 20th century. As Bloomington grew in size over the years, the original viewing instruments weren’t effective anymore, so the observatory was abandoned. While the equipment is gone, you can still view the ruins of the old building.

  1. Bluespring Caverns

Visit the Bluespring Caverns in Lawrence County to experience a cave system that’s 21 miles long and boasts many albino amphibians. The river that goes through the caverns is the longest underground river in the country.

These are some of the more unusual places to visit when you’re in Indiana. Whether you want to get lost in a maze or see an old observatory, you’ll love these unusual places.

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