A month ago my son Noah had a school project which required him to snap some scenic photos of his hometown. I wanted to post some of the pictures we took. Here is a glimpse of Greencastle, IN.
Starting with the picture at top left is a WWII German Buzz Bomb. It is one of only two in the US; the other is in storage at the Smithsonian. As you can tell it sits on the courthouse square and serves as our WWII monument. These bombs terrorized London during the War. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who pastored the Westminster Chapel in London during the War, was actually holding services one evening when a Buzz Bomb struck near the Chapel. Dr. Lloyd-Jones' daughter, Lady Elizabeth Catherwood, talks about this during a IX Marks interview with Mark Dever. Lady Catherwood describes the bombing between 20:48 - 25:20 in the interview. She refers to the buzz bombs as "flying bombs".
Next is a photo of East College, centerpiece of the DePauw University campus. DePauw began in 1837 as Indiana Asbury University; a Methodist college. The name was changed to DePauw in the 1870's after Washington C. DePauw donated $600,000 to the university.
The next two photos are of the Dunbar bridge which spans Big Walnut Creek almost a mile north of Greencastle. Dunbar bridge was built in 1880 by local farmers who used timber from the Dunbar farm. This burr arch, two-span bridge is 174 ft. long, plus a 12 ft. overhang at each end. The bridge is 16 ft. wide and 13 ft, 6 in. high with cut stone abutments, piles and a shingle roof.
Indiana is famous for its limestone. The Empire State Building, the Pentagon have Indiana limestone in their exteriors, and Indiana limestone was extensively used to rebuild Chicago after the Chicago Fire. That is why the final picture from Noah's school project is of the quarry pond on the DePauw Nature Park. Between 1917 and 1977 the Nature Park was the site of a limestone quarry, but was donated to DePauw by Hanson Aggregates in 2003.
There are some other interesting facts about my new hometown. Eli Lily opened up his first drug-store here. The famous Depression era gangster John Dillinger pulled off his largest heist in Greencastle; stealing $75,000 from a bank on the town square.
Noah and I picked the coldest day of the Winter to take these pics. Regardless of the cold, we had the best of times cruising around Greencastle, IN together, and yes, he took some of these pictures.
This is our new hometown. We didn't move here for DePauw or covered bridges. We live here because the Lord moved upon the Antioch Baptist Church to call me as their pastor, and the Lord led me to accept that call. We enjoy the covered bridges, the historical oddities, and all that DePauw offers. But our prayer is that we will be a gospel witness in our new community. We desire to do what we can by using what we have right where we are; by the power of God and for the glory of God.