Limestone

Limestone_1.jpgLawrence County’s rich limestone quarrying and carving history began in the early 1800s. Since then, the county has been known as “Limestone Country.”

Many of America’s famous buildings were built of stone quarried from Limestone Country, including the Empire State Building, Chicago’s Tribune Tower, the Pentagon and the new Yankee Stadium.

Limestone is found underground in the Stone Belt, a unique area in Lawrence County and nearby Monroe County that is only 35 miles long and 10 miles wide. It gives the area it’s rolling hills and has been transformed into stunning buildings and statues. There are lots of ways to see, touch and learn about the stone that built our community.


The Indiana Limestone Trail

Discover the stories of the region. From unmined, natural limestone and primitive structures to grand statues and buildings, visitors get a chance to see how limestone transformed throughout the centuries.

Oolitic

  • Joe Palooka statue
  • Steam channeler once used to cut limestone in the quarries
  • Limestone jail, homes and business

Bedford

  • Land of Limestone Exhibit
  • 14th Street architecture
  • City Square
  • Lawrence County Museum
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Foote’s Tomb
  • Greenhill Cemetery
  • Rosemount Motel
  • Otis Park Band Shell
  • Bluespring Caverns

Mitchell

  • Grissom Monument
  • Spring Mill State Park
  • Spring Mill Inn
  • Carousel Winery
  • Talbott Cemetery

Print The Indiana Limestone Trail brochure at home or pick one up 24/7 at the Lawrence County Visitor Center.


Limestone Month

Every June, Lawrence County celebrates its history during Limestone Month. Join us for BBQ, exhibits, festivals, free behind-the-scenes tours and more. Mark your calendar for these events and check ours for more details.

June 1-30 – Land of Limestone Exhibit (M-F 8am-4pm)
June 8 – Limestone Landscape
June 12 – Lehigh Cement Company Tour
June 19 – Lehigh Cement Company Tour
June 22-24 – 53rd Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show
June 23 – History Tour of Hamer Cemetery
June 23-24 – Limestone Weekend at Spring Mill State Park
June 26 – Indiana Limestone Company Tour
June 26 – Geology of Lawrence County
June 27 – History of Limestone Markers
June 29-30 – Limestone Carving Exhibit
June 29-30 – Limestone Heritage Festival