Thursday, August 18, 2011


Today we went with Tom and Judith to Madison. About 40 miles from where we are camped. It is on the Ohio river. Went to the visitors center first and got some info on the Lanier Mansion. It is on the National Historic register He was president and major stockholder in the Madison branch of the second state bank of Indiana and also a major stockholder of the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad. Here is a picture of the  house

This is the front facing the Ohio river This is quite the home. This man loaned the state of Indiana over 1 million dollars to outfit soldiers during the civil war and then some to pay the interest on its loans. This was after he moved to NY We then went on a boat moored at the river to eat lunch That was good also. We had a great time. Will go back one of these times and stay for a week or less and do some more sightseeing.  It is pouring rain now pretty hard. Hope it clears up by the weekend when everybody gets here.  Well that is it for tonight  Later all Ron Thelma and Eli


  1. Nice house! 1 million back then would have gone a lot farther than 1 million now. I wonder how much you'd need to have the equivalent now.

  2. We were in Madison quite a few years ago. From what I can remember it is a really neat town. That is really neat that he would not only loan them the money but also the interest. Not too many people would do something like that nowdays.

  3. Just found your blog. We will be in Ohio in a month or so and will Madison to the list.