Childhood Memories Friday: Jug Rock

Childhood Memories FridayWhen I was a kid, I recall frequent drives to my grandparents’ houses.  They lived about 2 hours away in or near the little southwestern Indiana town of Huntingburg.  The road was full of twists and turns, along which my sister and I were apparently sometimes a bit too silly in the backseat as I recall a time or two stopping along the roadside to be paddled by my dad (I recall being paddled along the roadside as truly humiliating …).

Now living in boring, flat northern Indiana, I can more fully appreciate the rolling scenery of the southern part of the state.  Caves abounded – lots of limestone – roads frequently cut through rock where you could see the various layers zooming by on each side of the vehicle.

One feature we would frequently see and comment on was jug rock near Shoals, Indiana.  A little online searching reveals that it’s made of sandstone, is 42′ high, and is the largest free standing table rock formation east of the Mississippi.  It was formed 285 – 326 million years ago, and also has a companion feature, “table rock” (Hmmm … don’t recall ever seeing table rock).

Jug Rock

Frequently heard on trips were “How long till the jug rock?”; “Have we passed jug rock yet?”; “Jug rock is just around the next corner!”  Once we even got out and walked up to get a closer look; as I recall though, there’s a steep drop off from the road to the area around the base of the rock and we never got too close.  In warmer months there was often quite a bit of stuff growing on top of jug rock, which was neat to see.

Do you remember any interesting physical features of the land that you enjoyed as a child?

4 thoughts on “Childhood Memories Friday: Jug Rock

  1. On my September trip to Huntingburg/Holland, I took a quick glimpse of the old Jug Rock in Shoals. It’s harder to do while driving. The Shoal’s basketball team is known as “The Jug Rocks.”

  2. It’s interesting to read how long ago it was formed since the earth is only about 10,000 years old. God must have been forming it long before he created the rest of the world!

  3. Although I always loved going on trips to Southern Indiana where the limestone and many other scenic places still exist, the only physical place even the least bit similar here in the northern IN flat lands is “Hanging Rock” at Lagro. It is a very big rock ledge overlooking the Wabash River about 2 or 3 miles from Salamonie State Forest.

    My father would always take us on a drive to Hanging Rock once a year, usually in the fall when the leaves were changing colors. I have climbed the rock many times both as a child and an adult. It has now been at least 8 years or more since I last climbed up there to see the awesome natural beauty that serves as a reward for the rather treacherous climb. It just would not be worth a broken ankle (I know someone that that happened to not so long ago) or arm! The last time that Joe and I drove there was this fall, and as usual there were several cars parked along the roadside and climbers appearing and disappearing. Both of us were content to just observe them without participating, but this once-a-year experience still brought back many happy memories.

  4. I remember as a child our family would drive all the way from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles where my aunt, uncle and cousins lived. The trips were very long for us kids. I remember we always had to pass through border patrol inspection. It always seemed like the strangest thing to see patrol officers standing out on the freeway just so they could look in your car. After that we would pass by the Marine base Camp Pendleton, where we often saw mock wars with tanks on the beach. Then there were the orange groves and the red Japanese moon bridge. Going home, when we saw Mission Bay in San Diego, we knew we were almost home.

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