Bedford Travel Guide
Bedford Local History
The city of Bedford was started in 1825 and named by Joseph Rowlins after his home in Bedford county, Tennessee. Mainly an industrial area, it had industries such as the Irwin distillery, which used surplus corn to make about 800 gallons of liquor per year in 1826, to a woollen factory, a major pork industry and a tanning leather and hat factory.
The biggest industry was the limestone industry, started in 1832 when stonecutters began moving in, after recognising the potential. The downtown became a bustling heart of railroad transportation of the limestone columns in the 1850's. Even today, the limestone industry continues to be one of the biggest employers in the county with 25 cut stone mills and 32 quarries. Not for nothing is Bedford considered the Limestone capital of the world!
Bedford Parks & Gardens
Spring Mill State Park - It is the second most visited park in Indiana. The Pioneer Village has been reconstructed to present as close as possible what the area may have looked like in the 1800's. The park includes hiking trails, nature centre, tennis courts and paddle-boat rentals.
Lake Monroe - The largest inland body of water in Indiana, covering 25 959 acres of land and water. Boating, fishing, swimming and camping are all allowed in these beautiful, natural settings as well as nature and walking trails.
Bedford Restaurants and Bars
Stonehenge Lodge Steakhouse - 911 Constitution Ave. Open Monday - Saturday with daily food and drinks specials, specialising in steaks and fine dining. Being part of the lodge, the steakhouse is well catered to suit visitor's needs.
Wendy's - 3416 W. 16th Str. Open weekdays, Wendy's specialises in fast foods from sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads to coffee, milkshakes and smoothies.
Captain D's - 2803 W. 16th Str. If you are looking for something different, try this restaurant that specialises in sea food. From the catch of the day to any other fish dish, this restaurant will cater for your fishy tatse.
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