Lawrence County Museum of History

Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library

Indiana's Historic pathways—A National Scenic Byway

Indiana's Historic Pathway's celebrates the early settlement and transportation routes of the state from pre-history to the present. The roads—beginning with the hooves of bison along the Buffalo Trace and extending through native peoples and pioneer explorers to stagecoach and then railroad, automobiles, and trucks—stimulated the growth of the towns and villages of southern Indiana. 

A Teacher's Workshop was held the the museum Meeting Room. Boxes of hands-on items were made available for teachers to take back to their classrooms so students could experience history in a unique way. The Indiana Historic Pathway's boxes included these items and what the item represented.

  • Buffalo—the Buffalo Trace
  • Chair—Indiana's furniture industry
  • Abalone button—mussels and the button industry
  • Coal—southern Indiana's coal industry
  • Spike—railroads
  • Magnet—Indiana's Historic Pathways scenic byway
  • Road sign—highways
  • Limestone block—Indiana limestone
  • Gourd—the Underground Railroad
  • Geode—Indiana geology
  • Arrowhead—Native Americans
  • Steamboat postcard—the first steamboats
  • Wagon wheel—stagecoach routes
  • Turkey feather—Indiana's wildlife
  • Crinoid fossil—Indiana's prehistoric life
  • Globe—southern Indiana's global heritage
  • Bottle—French Lick and West Baden Springs mineral spring water
  • Acorn—Indiana's forests
  • Quilt square—Amish culture
  • Blackboard and McGuffy book—one room schools
  • Mule—canals
  • Toll ticket—toll roads
  • Fort postcard and musket ball—forts

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