Dave and I went on an excursion yesterday west along the Ohio River from Clarksville. We visited Rome, which as we all learn in school was founded in 753 b.c.e. by twins Romulus and Remus who were suckled by wolves… er, no, actually this Rome, which was the seat of Perry County, Indiana, from 1819 to 1859. Dave had last been to Rome twenty-some years ago, and his mother’s people were from there at one point. Dave was pleased to report that, while still rustic, the old county courthouse was looking a bit better than it used to:
The citizens were having a festival, as it turns out, but we got there late and the band was packing up their gear. There had also been a dinner inside the courthouse, but apparently we had missed that too:
I was intrigued by Dave’s story of how the main street runs right into the water. Now, Detroit’s Woodward Avenue used to run into the Detroit River, decades ago. I didn’t expect a huge urban wharf, but I do have to say that Rome’s water access is a bit bucolic (well-signed, though):
The water in question is the Ohio River, shown looking toward the east:
From Rome, we headed further west to the bustling twin metropolises of Cannelton and Tell City (the former stole the county seat from Rome, only to lose it later to the latter). In Cannelton we found the old Indiana Cotton Mill, built in 1847, in operation till 1954, and derelict until recently renovated into apartments. (Perry County’s website has a good description of its history, while Wikipedia is more up-to-date on its recent revival.) It’s quite a stunner, architecturally:
From there it was back up to I-64 and then home. Most of the roads we were on go through either state or national forest land, and so the scenery was very nice. Perry County is said to be the hilliest county in Indiana. This makes all the two-lane roads rather twisty, and the large number of motorcyclists we saw must have enjoyed that.