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Milltown, Indiana

Posted by graywacke on February 21, 2013

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-time-I-get-around-to-it blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Dan –  Just ten landings ago, I landed in this same state (a USer), but this time I’m way further south in . . . IN; 19/23; 4/10; 2; 155.1.

 Here’s my regional landing map (I’m about 10 mi north of the Kentucky state line / Ohio River):

 milltown landing 1

My closer-in map shows my proximity to the Blue River and the town of Milltown (pop about 500):

 milltown landing 2

So, I guess there’s no question about the watershed, eh?  Raindrops on my landing only have to travel 85 feet before they end up in the Blue River (my first landing in this watershed); on to the Ohio R (124th hit) on to the MM (785th hit).

 This is my second Blue R (the other’s in OK), although I’ve often landed in the Big Blue R watershed (Nebraska & Kansas); two Little Blue R watersheds (one in Nebraska flowing into the Big Blue and the other in MO flowing into the Missouri R); and several Blue Creeks (including a Jim Blue Creek).

 Here’s my Google Earth (GE) shot, showing that I landed in the woods on the neck of a large meander in the river:

 milltown GE1

This oblique GE shot (looking west) shows that the southern portion of the woods is on a hillside, while the northern portion is inside the meander loop (and not farmed because it would be so hard for a farmer to get there.)

 milltown GE2

Sometimes, a meander like this one could be breached at the narrow neck, cutting off the meander loop – forming a temporary lake.  Such lakes are called “oxbow lakes,” after a curved portion of part of an oxen yoke.  Upstream along the Blue, I found this evidence of what might be a filled-in oxbow lake:

 milltown - oxbow lake

You never know.  Come back in a few thousand years, and we might have ourselves an oxbow lake just north of my landing . . .

 So, I couldn’t find out much about Milltown.  Obviously, the town’s roots involved mills that used the water power form the Blue River.  Here’s a shot from the town’s website of an old mill:


The building has been demolished, but here’s a shot of the way the mill dam looks today (also from the town’s website).  This shot was taken from the same side as the mill, just past where the building used to be.

 milltown dam from town website

The old mill was in the foreground, and the water you see flowing out the side of the dam no doubt powered the mill back in the day.

 I stumbled on a strange-but-true piece of Milltown trivia:  there is a chainsaw “graveyard” right along Route 66 just outside of town.  A few people have noted (and appreciate) its existence.  Here’s a picture by Maggie Ward, as posted on mkhorror.com:

 milltown - chainsaw garden - vimeo

That’ll do it.



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