State Approves Pulaski County Bicentennial Legacy Projects

Indiana BicentennialPulaski County’s diverse heritage will be celebrated during Indiana’s Bicentennial year with two state-approved legacy projects.

The first will take place in June along the Panhandle Pathway. The paved recreational trail sits in the bed of the old Pennsylvania Railroad. Join the Friends of the Panhandle Pathway on June 3rd for a 20-mile Moonlight on the Tippy bicycle ride. It will start at 7 p.m. EDT at the Winamac Depot and continue south to a SAG stop near Thornhope. Along the way, riders will watch the moon rise over the Tippecanoe River as they ride through farmland on the historical path. The ride will end with a meal at a local restaurant.

The second Pulaski County Bicentennial Legacy project will take place in September during the annual Francesville Fall Festival. The community was platted in 1853, but the surrounding area was mainly swampland until the drainage industry came into being and allowed farmers to convert their marshes into fertile fields. This set the stage for a booming local drainage tile industry, which transformed the Fracnesville area.

That significant contribution to local history will be recognized with an exhibit entitled “Francesville: How Water Management Transformed a Region.”

The projects are among the 79 most recently approved by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.