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October 21, 2013

LaGrange County fall color tour underway

LAGRANGE — Leaves are turning an array of colors, which means it’s time to stop and look at this annual spectacle.

LaGrange County Parks officials are inviting the public to tour the county to see some of these colorful sites.

Parks officials recommend starting the tour at the LaGrange County Courthouse, which is just north of the junction of Ind. 9 and U.S. 20.

The tour starts along an old Indian trail and travels through farm country. Some of the sites to see along the trail include:

• David Rogers Memorial Park, 2355 W. 550 South.

Rogers Park is LaGrange County’s first county park. It has the grave and memorial to Dr. David Rogers, a pioneer herb doctor, land speculator and philanthropist. The pioneer log houses were all relocated to this site to honor Dr. Rogers and the other pioneers of the early and mid-1800s.

• Delt Church Park, 6455 S. 200 West.

There is a hardwood forest, prairie planting, Little Elkhart River and the MegaTower Playground.

This quarter of the county is primarily family farms and wood lots. Forests are made up maples, oaks, black walnut and wild black cherry, parks officials said. Black walnut is very important economically for the annual nut harvest, while walnut and wild cherry lumber are heavily used in local furniture industry, according to park officials.

• The Emma Store at C.R. 600 West. They have ice cream, pies and more in the old diner.

• Pine Knob County Park, 2825 E. Ind. 120.

Pine Knob features Meteer Lake with public access, oak hickory woods, prairie savanna, and a 1.7 mile archery course with 3-D animal targets.

• Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area has 13,000 acres of wildlife habitat.

It is managed for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and waterfowl. Pigeon River F&WA is also home to many songbirds, wildflowers, and rare habitats. Pigeon River is funded through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act.

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