Just down the road from me is the town of Farmland, Indiana. Farmland — which, true to its name, is surrounded by farm fields — is a town of about 1,300 in Randolph County.
Although it’s a small town, Farmland is something of a tourist attraction. It has a couple of good family restaurants — the Chocolate Moose is an old-fashioned burger-and-milkshake soda fountain — some interesting shops and an active cultural life.
It’s a very picturesque little town, with rehabbed streets, sidewalks and streetlights.
I was there the other day on a semi-work-related visit and took a few iPhone photos.
Like a lot of Heartland towns, the center of activity was once the local grain elevator, a towering structure near the rail line that cuts through the heart of town. The elevator isn’t in use for grain anymore; shops occupy the lower level. On a clear Indiana day, though, it’s still a focal point.
The rail line that cuts through Farmland just says “Indiana” to me, and stretches for miles and miles.
There’s not a town square, per se, but a neat old clock outside what used to be the opera house.
Farmland’s a nice place to go have lunch and look at shops. Definitely worth the trip.