Indiana

24 September 2015

A long drive is made bearable with companions or an intermediate destination. If the former is unavailable, you grasp at straws for the latter. When I was returning to Michigan from my summer in Atlanta, I stopped in Indiana to bag a highpoint. It was aptly titled “Hoosier Hill.”

 

What is a Hoosier? Google gave me the helpful answer of “a native or inhabitant of Indiana.” While Google claimed the origins were unknown, I spent longer than I should have researching the history. While, like Google, I cannot definitively say the source of the title, I learned several theories. One account refers to the act of finding cabins during pioneer days. When travelers would happen upon an unmarked settlement, they’d cautiously say “Who’sh ‘ere?” in broken Appalachian English. The slurred accent sounded akin to “Hoosier” and became the nickname of those settled in the cabins. Another account follows the construction of the Louisville and Portland Canal. A Louisville contractor named Samuel Hoosier became known for hiring men on the Indiana-side of the Ohio River. His workers were nicknamed “Hoosier’s Men” and later, “Hoosiers.”

 

Hoosier Hill. 1257 ft / 383 m. 2 August 2014.

 

Indiana