2011-07-10 - IN, Potato Creek State Park (1)  During a recent visit with son, Tom, we spent some time in nearby Potato Creek State Park.  An unusual name for a state park, isn’t it?  Native Americans once collected plants with potato-type roots on this area’s creek banks.  The early settler’s English translation for the native name for the plant was “wild potato”, leading to the name Potato Creek.

2011-07-10 - IN, Potato Creek State Park (3)Later, a man made reservoir was built on the creek, due primarily to the dreams of a man name Worster.  Darcy Worster kept the dream of a park alive in the minds of state officials by sending them his hand-crafted insects periodically to Bugs“bug” them about creating a park.  Finally, in 1969, they agreed, and the 6 square miles finally officially became an Indiana state park in 1977.

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The Quaking Aspen trail gave us a chance to cool off in the shade of the  woods.

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