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New Event! TIHM-UG: Southwestway Park

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Mount Juliet, TN
Let's head out on the trails!!

What: TIHM-UG: Southwestway Park
When: Saturday, May 3, 4:00 PM

Meeting Description: Can't wait! Seems like it's been forever!!!

For this hike, we've gotten a request to head out to Soutwestway Park. We haven't been there since October and it's a great park, so why not!!? Check out pictures from our last visit!!

Southwestway Park is a 587-acre regional park that includes natural and cultural landscapes. The park is the second largest park in the Indy Parks and Recreation system. The park amenities include a trail system used for hiking, running and horseback riding. Additionally, there are soccer fields, ball diamonds and an 18-hole golf course (Winding River Golf Course) used for recreational sports.

There are over seven prehistoric sites inside the park according to archaeological field reports. Several sites produced diagnostic artifacts from the Archaic period. Brown (1882) notes two Delaware Indian villages in Marion County upon the arrival of the first White Settlers. The largest was located on a high bluff west of White River at the Marion/Johnson County line. The Madison Rangers destroyed this village, the home of the Delaware chief Big Fire, during the War of 1812. The Rangers, seeking revenge for the killing of 24 settlers in the Scott County Pigeon Roost Massacre, mistakenly attacked the Delaware village and massacred the inhabitants.

Quakers originally inhabited the area around Southwestway Park and founded the town of Spring Valley in 1848, near Spring Valley Hill, which later became known as Mann Hill. Before it was abandoned in 1884, Spring Valley contained five businesses, a post office, a school, and residences. The land surrounding and encompassing the present-day Southwestway Park was farmed and pastured for many decades until it was purchased for use as a regional park. It should also be noted that Mann Hill was extensively used for off-road recreation until it was acquired in 1972.

Southwestway Park contains some of the most outstanding geological features in central Indiana. Mann Hill and the adjacent river valley are part of a delta complex that were formed during the last glacial period. More specifically, Mann Hill can de described as a kame. A kame is a hill or mound of outwash deposited on or at the edge of a glacier (Camp 1999). As the ice melted, these materials were deposited onto the ground. The materials are stratified, or layered, by the flowing action of the melting ice. The melting or stagnant ice formed kames. Camp (1999) references the kames in this area of Indiana as being as large and impressive as any kames anywhere. Some of these other kames have been developed whereas Mann Hill has not been. Mann Hill can clearly be seen as can another kame near Glenn's Valley Nature Park.

Lets meet in the parking lot that is East of Mann road at 4:00pm.

After a couple hours of hiking, we'll head on to Oaken Barrel, where even for non-fruity brew drinkers Razz Wheat is FANTASTIC!

Oaken Barrel @ 6:00pm
50 Airport Pkwy Ste L
Greenwood, IN
Phone: (317) 887-2287

Meet you at the Soutwestway parking lot at 4pm - followed by a good old fashioned stop off at the Oakken Barrel Brewery for munchies and beverage at 6pm.

See you then!! Pray the rain passes!!

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