Benton County High Point Trip Report

Date: June 2000
Author: John Mitchler

This HP consists of two areas on the ridge of a significant glacial moraine in the flat farmland of west- central Indiana. From Boswell, take the four lane divided highway, US41, for 3 miles north. Turn left (west) on a county road and go one mile and turn right (north) on another county road. This road gains 80 feet as it rises to the top of the moraine's ridge. After 0.6 miles, turn left (west) onto a farm lane. This lane immediately enters a wonderful oak pasture. The first HP area is just north (right) of the lane after 1/4 mile. Continue on this lane for another 1/4 mile and stay left to reach a farmhouse. Park.

We chatted with the owners for awhile and discovered that locals like to visit this farm because it is the highest spot in the county and there are Indian trails and a grave in the area. To reach the 2nd HP area, walk past the house to its left and across the yard to a pond which appears on the topo. Pass to the left (south) of the pond and walk along the fence to a gate. The fence-lines on the topo are accurate. Pass through the gate and go left (south) through pasture for 1/8 mile to the corner of the fence line. The HP lies southeast of this spot out in a field that is corn or soybean depending on the year. The spot elevation of 915 is not the HP. The HP lies southwest on the other arm of this U-shaped contour area. I suspect that this field may belong to David Wetli whose house is on the west side of the road just south of the farm lane which provides access to the two HPs.