I recently wrote an article about a map from the 1940s that illustrates all of the landmarks and attractions throughout Indiana. I found it very interesting to see what other people considered interesting nearly 80 years ago. One landmark, in particular, that caught my eye is the highest point in Indiana. It got me wondering if the highest point back in the 1940s is still the highest point today.

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Where Is the Highest Point in Indiana?

The old map doesn't list a name or exact location for the highest point, it just says it's "east of Lynn, in Randolph County." It didn't take me long to figure out that that area is still home to the highest point in Indiana, although it now has a name. Rising to 1,257 feet above the Earth, HOOSIER HILL is the highest point in the Hoosier state and has been recognized as such since 1936.

Hoosier Hill marker
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Can I Climb Hoosier Hill?

Visitors to Hoosier Hill are more than welcome to climb to the top, although the term "climb" might be a bit misleading. Here is a first-hand account from one thrill-seeking daredevil who made the trek up Hoosier Hill...

There wasn't a big incline to reach it and just a small gravel path to pull into. But once I was there, I was greeted by a marker letting me know I had reached my destination. A little walk into the woods will lead you to the spot that is Indiana's very highest point.

How Does Hoosier Hill Compare?

This part of the country is known for being kinda flat, so Indiana's highest point does all right compared to our neighbors to the east and west. The highest point in Illinois is Charles Mound at 1,235 feet above sea level. The highest point in Ohio is Campbell Hill with an elevation of 1,549 feet. Our friends across the river in Kentucky, though, take things to a new height. The Bluegrass state's highest point is Black Mountain, and is 4,140 feet above sea level - that's more than three times as tall as Hoosier Hill. And nothing in our area of the country compares to the highest point in America - at an elevation of 20,310 feet, that honor belongs to a mountain called Denali.

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From the World's Largest Ball of Paint to a pink elephant drinking a martini, the Hoosier State is filled with quirky little things worth a detour on your next road trip.

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15 of the Most Beautiful County Courthouses in Indiana

There are a total of 92 county courthouses in the state of Indiana. I have determined (it's just my opinion) that these 15 are the most beautiful. There is no way I could or would rank them, so here they are in alphabetical order.

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The Most Unique Museums in Indiana

Indiana is home to a whole bunch of museums, several of which house some pretty unique, unusual, and unreal items. Here is a list of 14 such museums from all around the Hoosier state. I decided to list them in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

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