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A day at Mounds State Park

by Lance Gideon

Mounds State Park in Anderson, Indiana is rich with history, whether it’s the ancient mounds built by the Adena and Hopewell people or the historic Bronnenberg House built in the 1840s. I recently took a trip out to the park to see these historic features, as well as see the beautiful fall colors. I started the trip by taking a walk through the Bronnenberg House that is located on property; the house was built by Frederick Bronnenberg Jr., the son of a German immigrant.  I was able to walk through the house with Mound’s naturalist DeWayne Hook where he told me much of the history of the house. As I walked from room to room, I was able to experience what life would have been like in early Madison County. After a tour of the house, I took a walk on the park’s trail number 5. Trail number 5 encompasses most of the park and runs up next to the mounds that gave the park its name, including the Great Mound as well as other smaller mounds. As I left the mounds, it was easy to see that fall was in full swing, with many of the trees turning a color of bright yellow.  With the mounds now behind me, I soon came upon the White River, which creates a natural boundary for the park. After several minutes of walking next to the river, I was able to find a place for a quick rest. During my rest I saw two young boys taking full advantage of their bikes in the park’s steep hills. After my rest, I was ready to finish the rest of the walk. I walked toward the camp ground, grabbed a quick snack at the camp store, and headed back toward the park’s nature center.

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Published: 11/01/2012

 


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