History & Culture

A little girl stands in the middle of a field and small pines stretching to reach the top of a tree.

80+ Years of Accomplishing our Mission

 The area which is now the Hoosier National Forest was used and inhabited continuously from as early as 12,000 years ago, first by Native Americans, and later by European and African Americans. Each group of people used the land in different ways, and each had an influence on the land that we today makes up the Hoosier National Forest.

The legislation enabling the Forest Service to began purchasing land in southern Indiana was signed February 6, 1934. In 2010, the Hoosier celebrated 75 years of Caring for the Land and Serving People. During that time, a series of arcticles were written on the History of the Forest.

Highlighted Historical Sites

There are many historical sites on the forest, many of which you can still visit today:

Features

Throwback Thursday Historical Photographs

WPA crew boxing trees

The Hoosier National Forest has compiled two image galleries different aspects of Forest management from the 1930's through today, Take a look and see how your national forest has changed during the time that it has been managed as a public resource. 


Timeline of Activity on the Lands of the Hoosier National

 The area which is now the Hoosier National Forest was used and inhabited continuously from as early as 12,000 years ago, first by Native Americans, and later by European and African Americans. Each group of people used the land in different ways, and each had an influence on the land. Find out more about how native inhabitants, European settlement, and the development of the American landscape that would become Indiana's only National Forest. 


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Spotlights

Historical Maps

Historical Maps, some dating to the early 20th century are avialable on line for download.

Publications on Hoosier NF History

The Hoosier has published two books on the history of the Hoosier National Forest Region. Both are available at our offices.

 




Where did the Name Hoosier Come From?

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There are many sources in historical accounts of where the name Hoosier may have come from. Read some of these and see which you think may have been the most likely!