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Find art, beauty along Indiana roads

Tom J. Bechman Wooden Eagle carving on mailboxes in Providence in Johnson County, Ind.
PROTECTIVE WINGS: This wooden eagle protects two mailboxes on a side street in the small town of Providence in Johnson County, Ind.
Spotted…in Indiana: This carving makes two mailboxes very special.

The Spotted…in Indiana column has turned up some unique sights so far, including a tractor and round baler on top of a shed and a buffalo made of baling wire. Many of these unusual finds involve signs erected by local people to make fun of rough roads or dilapidated bridges.

One sign, however, was put up by a county highway department to tell people their GPS is wrong! Featured in the June issue and online, that sign near Petersburg is my favorite.

Also popular are decorative mailboxes. The initial column featured an old plow that supported a mailbox. Other entries have highlighted an old gas engine turned into a mailbox holder and a hand-crank corn sheller mailbox.

This month’s featured item is an eagle carved from a log that forever stands perched over twin mailboxes. I spotted this one myself in Providence, a very small town in Union Township in Johnson County, Ind. The town is located roughly halfway between Bargersville and Trafalgar, about a mile west of Indiana Highway 135. It’s home to Providence Christian Church and a small number of houses these days.

Directly across from the wooden eagle guarding the mailboxes is a house with two more carvings in the yard. They all display incredible craftsmanship.

To find them, just watch for the sign that says “Providence.” You can’t miss it, and if you spend more than five minutes looking for the carvings, you’re not looking hard enough!

What have you spotted lately? Send an email with a picture of interest. If we use it, we’ll send you a gift card. Email [email protected] or text 317-431-8766. Include your name and physical address. Happy spotting!

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