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Spotted…in Indiana: Here’s a mailbox on the move.

Tom J. Bechman, Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer

February 9, 2023

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vintage red truck with mailbox in the bed
TOO GOOD TO PASS UP: David Hedrick of St. Paul, Ind., couldn’t resist taking a picture of this mailbox when he spotted it south of Metamora on Indiana 229. David Hedrick

Mailboxes in Indiana are quite unique. If you don’t believe it, just start driving down a country road near you and pay attention to what you see. David Hedrick, St. Paul, has discovered and reported his share of unusual mailboxes over the past few years. However, this one might be the most unusual of all.

“I was driving on Indiana 229 south of Metamora, and this caught my eye,” Hedrick says. “It was too good to pass up. I knew Indiana Prairie Farmer would want to share it with readers, so I went back and snapped a picture. You don’t see this every day.”

No, David, indeed you do not. And by the time you go looking for it, this mailbox might be gone. After all, it’s mounted on the bed of a truck. Whether the truck runs or not isn’t clear, but if it does, then this is one portable mailbox!

Hedrick will receive a gift card for sharing his find. Have you seen anything unique while traveling along Indiana roadways lately? Snap a picture of it — a large-format, horizontal, digital photo is preferred. If it appears in the Spotted…in Indiana column, you will receive a gift card, too.

Email your photo and a brief description to [email protected]. Include your physical mailing address. Happy spotting!

About the Author(s)

Tom J. Bechman

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farmer, Farm Progress

Tom J. Bechman is editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer. He joined Farm Progress in 1981 as a field editor, first writing stories to help farmers adjust to a difficult harvest after a tough weather year. His goal today is the same — writing stories that help farmers adjust to a changing environment in a profitable manner.

Bechman knows about Indiana agriculture because he grew up on a small dairy farm and worked with young farmers as a vocational agriculture teacher and FFA advisor before joining Farm Progress. He works closely with Purdue University specialists, Indiana Farm Bureau and commodity groups to cover cutting-edge issues affecting farmers. He specializes in writing crop stories with a focus on obtaining the highest and most economical yields possible.

Tom and his wife, Carla, have four children: Allison, Ashley, Daniel and Kayla, plus eight grandchildren. They raise produce for the food pantry and house 4-H animals for the grandkids on their small acreage near Franklin, Ind.

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