from another great camping experience.
Our expedition this past week set us up in Prophetstown State Park. This is the third time in the past seven or eight years that we have gone to this "newest" of Indiana State Parks. The park is some 3000 acres at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers. The goal in establishing the park was to recreate an ecology which consisted of the flora native to the area prior to the arrival of white settlers. Thus it is now one of the finest examples of a tall-grass prairie to be found anywhere. Great pains have been taken to remove non-native trees and other plants and replace them with native species.
It has been interesting to watch the return of the land to a prairie. Many areas over which one could have walked a few years ago are now densely covered with grasses and prairie flowers five and six feet tall.
Contained within the park is Historic Prophetstown, which is a 300-acre working farm. But the farm is managed in the style of early twentieth century farming. Draft horses do the work, cows and chickens and hogs provide produce and the farm raises feed for its own livestock. The only crop raised which is sent to outside market is wheat.