Merom Hole Origin Discovered

By Brett Edwards |

Published 07/21 2014 10:17PM

Updated 07/21 2014 11:48PM

Sandstone erosion. That's what DNR officials found to be the cause behind the mysterious hole at Merom Bluff Park.

The finding is a bit of a let down for those who were hoping it would turn out to be something different.

"Little bit disappointed because it would've been one more thing to put Merom on the map about," said Merom Town Board President, Carla Johnson. "But we're proud of our town and proud of the bluff and we'll just get it fixed so it'll remain beautiful."

Many in the area believe there are tunnels beneath the bluff that were used along the Underground Railroad.

"It's always kind of been speculation for years and years and years in this town," added Johnson.

One local resident, who's lived in Merom her entire life, says she and her childhood friends were well aware of these stories.

She says there used to be a house on the bluff that had an underground cellar and a tunnel leading out to the Wabash River.

"It went behind that bandstand and out to the bluff," said Ruth Boone of Merom, IN.

Boone is proud of her town Merom and the history associated with it.

"I think it's fantastic, I really do," added Boone.

After a bit of a disappointment, Johnson says she just wants to preserve the bluff for many years to come.

"I think it's one of the most important things that we can do here to make it safe for everybody," Johnson said.

A company from Bloomington will soon come out to inspect the hole.

They will provide the town with an estimate on what the hole is and how they can go about fixing it.

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