Looking At History:
Indiana's Hoosier National Forest Region, 1600 to 1950


We are grateful to many individuals and organizations for their assistance in preparing this book. Thank you to all who provided us information, copies of photographs, or permission to reproduce other illustration materials:

William R. Adams, Tom Bertolacini (Photo Solutions, Bloomington), John Bridges, Helen Burchard, Robert Burton, Mary Ann Cole, Carol Darling, Marsh Davis, Bert Fenn, Claude Ferguson, Mary Ann Hayes, Don Hudson (Hudson Photography, Bedford), Judith Kirk, Marjorie Lapping, Chris Lindley, Paul Lucas, Don and Ruth Mauger, Karla Nicholson, Arthur Nordoff, Jr., Robert Reid, Coy Robbins, Clay Stuckey, Matthew Sieber, Jack and Elaine Stephenson, and Gary Walton.

Bloomington Restorations, Inc.; Brown County Historical Society; Center for Historic Making in America, Indiana University; Crawford County Historical Society; Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, Indiana University; Historic Cannelton, Inc.; Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana; Historic Southern Indiana Project, University of Southern Indiana; Indiana Historical Society; Lilly Library, Indiana University; Mathers Museum, Indiana University; Minnetrista Cultural Center; Monroe County Community School Corporation; Monroe County Historical Society and Museum; Monroe County Public Library, Indiana Room; Lawrence County Historical Society; Orange County Historical Society; Patoka Lake Visitor Center; Perry County Chamber of Commerce; Tell City Historical Society; Tippecanoe County Historical Association; and Smithsonian Institution.

We also wish to thank Lori Fox, who prepared line illustrations, and Matthew Sieber, who reproduced many of the photographs that were loaned to us.

In addition, we especially appreciate the helpful information and comments made by individuals with expertise in history, folklore, and writing, all of whom kindly reviewed an earlier draft of the text and illustrations: Dorothy Bailey, John Benton, Darrell Bigham, Ruth Brinker, Carol Groves, Martha Jacobs, Marjorie Jones, Tom Krasean, James Madison, Patrick Munson, Thomas Munson, Carol Polsgrove, Randy Reinier, Coy Robbins, Warren Roberts, Teena Sechler, Pamela Service, and Lois Silverman.

Last but certainly not least, we wish to acknowledge many unnamed people who have contributed to creating sources of information about the past of our region, particularly through their donations and assistance to historical agencies, museums, and organizations and their own research. Now preserved or recorded memoirs, interviews, photographs, and other materials are important parts of local history, but they also represent a portion of a larger heritage. Such sources helped us bring together a picture of regional history that would not otherwise have been possible.


Ellen Sieber is an archaeologist who has carried out studies of prehistoric and historic cultures of southern Indiana and of West Africa. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1992. Her research interests focus on the role of material culture in past societies and the connection between the documentary record and the archaeological record. Sieber worked with Munson and others to compile a database to assist the Hoosier National Forest in managing prehistoric and historic sites as valued resources, and has participated in field survey projects on Forest land.

Cheryl Ann Munson has conducted archaeological studies in southern Indiana and other areas of the Midwest over the last 25 years. She completed her M.A. in anthropology in 1971 at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. As an archaeologist at Indiana University, Munson has directed numerous surveys and excavations in the Hoosier National Forest region, including studies made to identify and protect significant prehistoric and historic sites in advance of land alterations. Her interests include the later prehistory and early history of the Ohio Valley, archaeological geology, the prehistoric and historic uses of caves, and public programs for preserving and interpreting the past.

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