Friday, October 9, 2009

France Park

We don't have a lot of chances to see waterfalls when traveling, so when I heard there was one near Logansport, Indiana, I made plans to visit.
France Park is a lovely site to visit in the fall.
Driving in to the wooded park, we were greeted by the Fouts Cabin, a Beech log cabin built in 1839.
We paid our $2 each admission and got directions to the falls. After a short drive, we reached the parking area and got out to see the falls.
The waterfall itself is not very tall, however the site is scenic and beautiful.
I walked up the wooden staircase to the top of the falls, then joined my husband back at the bottom to go search out a Geocache hidden in the woods nearby.
Getting back in the car, we drove around the park a bit more checking out the scuba diving area where a couple of divers were in the water on this cool October day.
We also saw a brick box structure that my husband said looked like a brick oven. Later I found out that's exactly what it was.
Referred to as the Italian Oven, the recently restored oven was used by Italian immigrants who built the Wabash and Erie Canal which runs from east to west through the center of France Park, or by those who worked in the quarry. The canal operated from 1840-1875 and was used was to transport the stone mined at the quarry.
The oven, located near the entrance of the park, was used weekly as a community resource for those needing to bake their bread.
France Park is also home to camp sites and hiking trails, plus much more.

France Park
4505 W US Highway 24
Logansport, IN 46947

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