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home : columnists : columnists November 18, 2017

Acorn Farm, cinder tracks, covered bridges and State Road 13

By Paula Dunn
From Time to Thyme

I've got more reader feedback this week!

Karen (Booker) Fuller wrote that she worked at the Acorn Farm Camp while she was in college during the early 1960s. As head counselor for "the Chipmunks" (the five year-old campers) she heard a LOT of camp songs. Karen not only remembers the song that begins "Do your ears hang low . . .," but all the hand motions that went with it!

When I wrote the column on the Noblesville High School football fields, I referred to a 1941 Noblesville Daily Ledger article which stated that when Memorial Field's cinder track was created, it was "the first time in history that Noblesville trackmen have had a cinder track on which to train and hold meets . . ."

Garrick Mallery disagreed with that statement and I promised him I'd note his objection in this column. Garrick says there was a cinder track at Joseph Field, the high school's previous football field.

Perhaps what was missing from the Ledger article were the words "official" and "permanent." According to Garrick, the track at Joseph Field was supposed to be a quarter mile . . . maybe. I get the idea it was kind of an informal affair, undoubtedly because the high school didn't own the field.

By contrast, Memorial Field's track was carefully planned and meant to be permanent - it had a cement curb. (You can still see the curb in places at the old field even though the track itself is pretty well grassed over.)

Kermit Ross recalled riding his school bus through the covered bridge over Cicero Creek west of Cicero at least twice a day when he was in elementary school. That bridge has been gone for years, a casualty of the creation of Morse Reservoir, but it's commemorated by Cicero's "Red Bridge" Park.

Kermit's right, though. There were indeed other covered bridges in Hamilton County in addition to the four White River bridges I listed in the Potter's Bridge column. I just didn't bring them up because I'm not sure exactly how many there were.

I'm aware of one other covered bridge besides the White River and Cicero Creek bridges - one across Stony Creek on Noblesville's southeast edge. If you can name any others, let me know.

Jeanne Flanders thought I mistakenly wrote in that column that Allisonville Road used to be State Road 13 when I should have written that it was State Road 37.

Actually, Allisonville Road was State Road 13 BEFORE it was State Road 37. I'm not sure exactly what year it became State Road 13, but I know it had that designation as early as 1932.

Back then, if you drove State Road 13 north of Noblesville, you'd have crossed White River at Potter's Bridge and followed the west side of the river to Riverwood. There, you'd have gone back over the river via another bridge to Clare on the east side. (The Clare/Riverwood bridge is long gone.)

From Clare, the route ran up to Strawtown, and from Strawtown it went pretty much due north through Walnut Grove and Omega, then exited the county.

Potter's Bridge was taken off the route in 1936, eliminating the portion west of White River.

Sometime around 1940, State Road 13 moved to its present location at the east edge of the county, the Walnut Grove/Omega section became State Road 213, and Allisonville Road was designated State Road 37.

In the late 1950s, what we know today as State Road 37 was built as a bypass around Noblesville. After that, Allisonville Road became 37A or Old State Road 37, then eventually just Allisonville Road.

Paula Dunn's From Time to Thyme column appears each Friday in The Times. Contact her at younggardenerfriend@gmail.com

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