June Park Program – Geology of Lawrence County

BEDFORD – Learn more about the geology of Lawrence County at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Otis Park Bath House. Nelson Shaffer, a well-known geologist from Indiana University will present a program on limestone and the unique geology of the Lawrence County area.  

Indiana Students Learn Meteor 'Rights' and Meteor 'Wrongs'
Nelson Shaffer sharing information with students.

Have you wondered about how geodes are formed or what makes Bedford limestone different, and more sought after, than limestone from other places in the country – Shaffer is the man who can answer those questions! He can also tell about other less-known geologic products Lawrence County was once well-known for. At one-time kaolin mines put the town of Huron on the map and made Joseph Gardner, a local doctor who lived in what is now the Bedford City Hall, a wealthy man. Kaolin, or China clay, is nearly white in color. It is distinguished from other industrial clays based on its fine particle size and pure coloring. Kaolin is used in ceramics, medicine, coated paper, as a food additive, in toothpaste, as a light diffusing material in white incandescent light bulbs, and in cosmetics. 

The Kaolin mines of Spice Valley
Kaolin mine of Spice Valley

Fossils, minerals, and limestone are fascinating to many, and Shaffer will be happy to answer your questions.  

The free, one-hour educational program will be presented in the historic Otis Park Bath House.  The shelter house, at 607 Tunnelton Road in Bedford, is air-conditioned. The program is part of the Bedford Park Outdoor Series.  

Please RSVP for the program by June 24th at 812-275-5692 so there are enough chairs set up and handouts for everyone.

Also mark your calendar for the next program in the series on Tuesday, July 26.