A Tour of Indiana via Satellite Imagery

Parke County Poor Asylum

Rockville, Indiana

Before the Social Security Act of 1935, caring for the homeless, elderly, indigent, and even orphans fell on the shoulders of municipal or county officials. These facilities—called poor farms, county farms, county asylums, or simply poorhouses—flourished throughout the United States. Although they did provide much-needed shelter and care, many were run as for-profit businesses, reflecting the contemporary idea that the only cure for an inability to work is to be forced to work.

Check out our story “Cruel Charity and the American Poor Farms.”

Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa

Peru, Indiana

Few natural formations in Indiana are as significant at the Seven Pillars. These unusual cliffs were shaped by millions of years of erosion. Water carved deeply into the bedrock, forming limestone caverns. The Miami people consider it a holy place as a “gateway to another world” and held an array of ceremonies there. It’s also a popular destination for “ghost hunters” who claim misty apparitions haunt the cliffs.

See our article “Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa.

Knightridge Observatory (*Demolished, 2020) 

Bloomington, Indiana

*This 2005 image might be old-ish, but the observatory can only be seen from above in fall or winter. It’s circle-shaped thing, southeast of the yellow pushpin. 

One of the creepiest places I had ever explored, the Knightridge Observatory is this surreal, hulking brick structure in a tiny patch of deciduous forest. Abandoned or not, it had been well-made. Bloomington workers only demolished it because the second floor had become hazardous.

Check out our story “Horror & History at Bloomington’s Knightridge Observatory.

Future Articles


To conclude, I thought I’d share some images I set aside for future articles. You may be able to guess the location…and maybe you’ll discover the story behind it before I have time to write it. These are all well-known locations, and they are all in Indiana. No trickery.