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Charlestown in Clark County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Indiana State Parks: The First 100 Years 1916-2016

 
 
Indiana State Parks: The First 100 Years 1916-2016 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
1. Indiana State Parks: The First 100 Years 1916-2016 Marker
Inscription.  
… our parks and preserves are not mere picnicking places. They are rich storehouses of memories and reveries. They are a solace to the aged and an inspiration to the young. – Richard Lieber, Founder, Indiana State Parks

Setting the Stage Alarm over the nation's disappearing natural landscape gave birth to the parks movement. Richard Lieber and others advocated for the creation of a state park system as Indiana's 1916 centennial gift.

First Parks Land for Turkey Run came up for sale at an auction, but was lost to a higher bidder. McCormick's Creek was purchased in time for the State's centennial celebration. Within the year, however, Lieber's group purchased Turkey Run. By 1932, ten parks dotted the state.

State Park Inns Inns provided accommodations for early park visitors. Many early visitors would stay for over a week.

Gatehouses Indiana State Parks was a leader in implementing a “User Pays” model to support operating costs.

Nature Guides Almost from the beginning, Indiana State Parks provided nature guides to interpret the natural
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and cultural stories of the parks.

Civilian Conservation Corps During the Great Depression, the CCC put jobless young men to work. They constructed buildings, trail systems and infrastructure in the parks.

Post-World War II Following the war, many veterans earned college degrees, entered the work force and started families. Increased income led to more travel and a demand for parks.

Reservoirs Beginning in the 1950s, the US Army Corps of Engineers constructed dams for flood control. Land was managed for camping, hunting and fishing by the Division of Reservoir Management (later merging with State Parks).

Conserving Resources The 1960s brought new understanding and concern for the environment. State Parks began management practices to conserve and maintain valuable ecosystems.

The Next 100 Years We continue to be a leader in state park conservation and management. We hope you and future generations will continue to use and support Indiana State Parks. Make your own memories!

(Timeline)
1. 1916 – McCormick's Creek
2. 1916 – Turkey Run
3. 1920 – Clifty Falls
4. 1925 – Pokagon
5. 1925 – Indiana Dunes
6. 1927 – Spring Mill
7. 1929 – Brown County
8. 1929 –Shakamak
9. 1930 – Mounds
10. 1932 – Lincoln
11. 1943 – Tippecanoe River
12.
Indiana State Parks: The First 100 Years 1916-2016 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
2. Indiana State Parks: The First 100 Years 1916-2016 Marker
1943 – Versailles
13. 1947 – Shades
14. 1949 – Whitewater Mem.
15. 1953 – Lieber SRA
16. 1960 – Chain O' Lakes
17. 1960 – Raccoon Lake
18. 1962 – Ouabache
19. 1966 – Harmonie
20. 1966 – Monroe Lake
21. 1967 – Salmonie Lake
22. 1968 – Mississinewa Lake
23. 1969 – Potato Creek
24. 1973 – Hardy Lake
25. 1975 – Brookville Lake
26. 1980 – Patoka Lake
27. 1988 – Summit Lake
28. 1990 – Falls of the Ohio
29. 1996 – Charlestown
30. 1996 – Fort Harrison
31. 2004 – O'Bannon Woods
32. 2004 – Prophetstown
33. 2007 – Trine SRA
 
Erected by Indiana Department of Natural Resources • Indiana State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationEntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 38° 25.868′ N, 85° 38.701′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Indiana, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from Jersey Avenue, one mile south of Ohio River Scenic Byway (Indiana Road 62), on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the Charlestown State Park Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12500 IN-62, Charlestown IN 47111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rose Island (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Masonic Capital of Indiana
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(approx. 1.2 miles away); Downs House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mary Garrett Hay (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fern Grove and Rose Island Resorts (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site of Green Tree Tavern (approx. 1.3 miles away); Grave of Jonathan Jennings (approx. 1½ miles away); Ohio River: the Human Story (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlestown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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