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Facts on Bloomfield, Indiana - A small town I once lived

Updated on July 21, 2014
The Bloomfield IGA - the most overpriced grocery store you'll ever visit!
The Bloomfield IGA - the most overpriced grocery store you'll ever visit!

A tiny town named Bloomfield

At about 15 years of age, my family decided to leave Odon and move to Bloomfield. I'm not sure why, nor did I really care at the time, since there really wasn't anything in Odon. Bloomfield wasn't really any better.

Bloomfield is a small town in Greene County, Indiana. It has about 2,405 total people, according to the 2010 census. The town is so small that there isn't even a Wal-Mart, but we did have Pamida, which is the poor man's version of Wal-Mart. Though, according to my research, Pamida is now Shopko. Mind. Blown.

The average Pamiada - AKA Shopko.
The average Pamiada - AKA Shopko.

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Is there anything notable in Bloomfield?

There are a couple of somewhat interesting things in Bloomfield, but nothing that will keep you busy for days.

The Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge is in the Bloomfield area. It was built in 1883 and is about 1.25 miles from town. There is another huge viaduct, named the Tulip Viaduct, in the Tulip area near Bloomfield.

If you're looking for some summer entertainment, Bloomfield is home of the Shawnee Summer Theater. It first opened in 1960 and has been in business ever since.

If you want to meet the man who built the town, you can visit the Van Slyke cemetery on the west side of town to see his grave.

The Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge
The Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge | Source
The Tulip Viaduct - it's actually pretty!
The Tulip Viaduct - it's actually pretty!

A Story About the Tulip Viaduct

My family lives very close to the Tulip Viaduct. In fact, they live on the land my grandfather grew up on. He was a child back in the 40s and 50s. Back then, there were a lot of trains that went by on the viaduct. Apparently, homeless men would get off trains they hitched rides on and roam about the Tulip area of Bloomfield.

My grandpa said that many times, these people would end up knocking on his family's doors, looking for handouts. When they did not have anything to give to them, they would end up living in and around certain caves in the Bloomfield area.

The story may be boring, but it is interesting to think that people would actually scale up and down the viaduct and hitch rides on and off the trains in the area!

Facts on the Tulip Viaduct

The Tulip Viaduct has been coined the most beautiful bridge in Indiana! It is a total of 2,295 feet in length and 157 feet in height. Work on the bridge began in May 22, 1905 and ended in December of 1906.

Beautiful Scenes of Bloomfield from fall 2010


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