Dubbed Indiana’s Stonehenge, Browning Mountain is the Hoosier State’s Best Kept Secret
Did you know Indiana has its very own version of Stonehenge?
An Ancient Mystery
First off what exactly is Stonehenge? We've seen photos online, and maybe you have even been lucky enough to travel to England to see Stonehenge for yourself, but do you know what exactly Stonehenge is?
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument that has baffled historians and scientists for years. I think one of the coolest things about Stonehenge and why we are all so fascinated with it is the mystery surrounding it. For years historians have wondered, why was Stonehenge built? How was Stonehenge built? What was Stonehenge's purpose? History.com states:
Located in southern England, it is comprised of roughly 100 massive upright stones placed in a circular layout.
While many modern scholars now agree that Stonehenge was once a burial ground, they have yet to determine what other purposes it served and how a civilization without modern technology—or even the wheel—produced the mighty monument.
Indiana's Own Stonehenge
Across the pond in the good old midwestern United States sits another interesting mystery, Browning Mountain, which has been dubbed "Indiana's Stonehenge."
Here is what BrownCounty.com has to say about Browning Mountain:
Browning Mountain, or “Indiana’s Stonehenge,” is a one of Brown County’s best kept secrets! Hike through the deep woods to find a circle of sandstone slabs, a pond, a well, and an old building foundation. Keep your eyes peeled and see if you can uncover more! This short hike is a 928-foot climb to the top but should only take about 15 – 25 minutes depending on your skill level. Get out, explore, and enjoy!
Why is it called Indiana's Stonehenge?
The stones are massive, and they have been placed in such a way that someone put them there, but who? The work is clearly of a much earlier civilization. There are many legends and speculations about what this area was used for, but for now there isn't a consensus.
If you want to visit this mysterious location, it's not too far from the Tri-State! You can find the address and trail information, here.
Check out this fantastic video on Indiana's Stonehenge from Adventures with Roger on YouTube, he does a fantastic job covering this interesting location: