Wednesday Word on the Street: Preservation Photo Contest


The Indiana Department of Natural Resources welcomes photographers to participate in its eighth annual Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest. Subject of image should be in Indiana and “historic,” or anything at least 50 years old. 

Boone’s Mill, built by my ancestor, Squire Boone Jr., brother of the famous Kentucky frontiersman, Daniel Boone, is more than 200 years old. It is on the historic Squire Boone Caverns site, just a few miles south of Corydon, Indiana’s first state capitol. I’m not submitting these photos; just wanted to post an example. 

I did not know that Squire Boone Jr. had carved the following inscription on one of the mill’s foundation stones until after my visit. 😦 

“My God my life hath much befriended, I’ll praise Him till my days are ended.” 

Squire Boone Jr.’s remains were moved from beneath the original cave entrance to deep within Squire Boone Caverns.

The waterfall room most likely witnessed first by Squire Boone Jr. after escaping Indians through an above ground entrance to the original cave.

The contest deadline is April 6. Preservation Month is observed nationally in May so the selected photos will be displayed in several locations throughout Indiana during May.

Click here for more contest guidelines and a printable form that must accompany each photo. (Each photographer is limited to three entries.)

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10 thoughts on “Wednesday Word on the Street: Preservation Photo Contest”

  1. I’ve been to many caves in southern Indiana and into Kentucky but I have yet to visit Squire Boone Caverns. I’ll have to make it a priority next time. Lovely photos of the waterfall. I was in Mammoth Caves in January of this year and gave up on getting any decent inside-the-cave photos. So my hat’s off to you!

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