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Hit the Trail!

B-town has over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, so get out there and explore the wilderness - or the vibrant downtown - your choice… more

Trip Idea: Limestone Heritage

Monroe County and Bloomington sit atop the Salem Limestone Belt, one of the largest limestone deposits in the world. Limestone has been a major part of the local economy for the last 150 years and its relatively easy access has made it a predominant building material in the area. It's also a popular artistic medium, with sculptures on display around town. You can learn more about Indiana Limestone here.

IU Campus Tour

Nearly every building on the IU campus incorporates limestone, so walking through campus is great way to see the various uses of the stone as a building tool. The architecture and design of the old and new buildings are impressive. One such building is the Indiana Geological Survey, which also has information and exhibits on the area limestone.

Indiana University Limestone

Limestone Carving

June has been designated as Limestone Month with special activities all month. One of the premier events of June is the Indiana Limestone Symposium, which draws carvers from around the country who hone their skills over three weeks. The Symposium takes places next to Bybee Stone, an active quarrying and milling company.

Limestone Carving

Quarries

There are several active quarries in Monroe County, but most are not open to the public for tours. You can see many former quarry sites throughout the county from the road. It's worth pulling over to take a look - even through a fence they're pretty fascinating.

Monroe County Indiana Limestone Quarry

Monroe County History Center

The local history center has a permanent display on the history and heritage of the local limestone industry, including tools, photos, videos and a diorama of a quarry. Of course, the historic building is made of limestone too.

Monroe County History Center Limestone

Sleep Tight

If you want to sleep in a limestone building, it might as well be the beautiful and massive Indiana Memorial Union. This campus hotel and student union is a perfect example of the unique architectural qualities that limestone possesses.

Indiana Memorial Union Limestone

 

Did you know...

Bloomington was voted one of the top 50 places to live by Men's Journal Magazine...more

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