Monument City, Indiana

As some of you might have noticed, it’s been rather dry here in the Midwest.  As a consequence, our bodies of water are at record lows for the summer months.  Specifically, the Salamonie Lake in Indiana is so low that one of the cities that was flooded to build the Lake has come to the surface.  Because of this, crowds have flocked to the site of a city that hasn’t seen the surface (during the summer) for 50 years.

The lake is up and down during the year so the road between the parking and the water is non-trivial.

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Clearly a warning that’s more important when we’re NOT in record drought.

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So as a personal footnote, I couldn’t help but be THRILLED beyond reasonable measure that the kids were THIS excited. Sadly I think they were eventually disappointed but they were amused for long enough to charge ahead of us to see the mysterious sunken city.

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Lots of flatness.

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The lake is highly variable in depth it appears. I wonder how close these cliffs get to being under water.

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Much to the kids’ disappointment, only the foundations of the old buildings were visible. I think they expected a whole city to come to the surface.v

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Ever the opportunist, the velvet leaf managed to invade the landscape.

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Bud-Wei-Ser. *sigh* Everywhere you go there’s litter.

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History abounds in red brick.

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Foundations of the old school reside at the new water’s edge.

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signs of civilization…

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Yeah, expectations didn’t equal results so at least one of our party succumbed to boredom.

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But, so we close. As it turns out the day after we visited the DNR closed the site to visitors. Apparently too many people were stealing the rusty tin cans and other refuse to be found.

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5 responses to “Monument City, Indiana

  1. Great Blog;artistic and educational.I think the DNR was being severe.One person’s thief is another ones archeologist.

  2. Had I known I would have gone there on my recent trip to Indiana. Thanks for taking us. And, oh for Pete’s sake… Why do they care if people carry stuff off? They cared so much about the town they flooded it, right?

  3. Shyla

    Monument City is visible each fall when they release the water from the lake and each spring before the fill it back up. Yes I am a local and have known this my whole life, I spent my entire childhood exploring the lake bottom in the down seasons. Yes it is sad that the place was torn down and people had to leave there homes, as well as in Dora Indiana, and New Holland Indiana (which were Monument Cities sister Cities.) But Salamonie Lake Reservoir was built in 1964, without it that area and many large towns down the river side would flood with any good amount of rain as they did before it was built. The DNR is only doing there job, they work for the state who says it is against the law to carry off any artifacts. But with all of that said and explained if anyone would like to explore the lake bottom the best times are late Nov. – early March.

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