Water from the Mississinewa River carved out the Seven Pillars in the limestone walls, and several small caves remain. This Indiana attraction is one of the best kept secrets in the Hoosier State. Its almost always vacant, allowing for a peaceful day trip from Indianapolis in the great outdoors. The Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa don’t attract too many tourists, because it’s a place for tranquility and observance of the area’s history in Indiana.
More than 200 years ago, Native Americans inhabited this area in present day Peru, Indiana. The Miami people are said to have performed several tribunal rituals at the Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa. One legend reports that “Little Indians” lived in the caves and guided lost Indian boys back to their homes. These fairy-like creatures were only visible to old women. Dozens of other legends and tales of the Miami people and their beliefs can be remembered at this day trip destination. Torture of enemies, celebrations and education of Miami braves are other rituals said to take place around this north-central Indiana waterway.
During the War of 1812, many battles were waged between the area natives and U.S. traps one of the first actions ordered by General William Henry Harrison was the Battle of Mississinewa on December 17. To learn more about Native American history visit Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Grouseland or Tippecanoe Battlefield Park.
Famous painters T.C. Steele and Homer Davison found inspiration at this scenic location, and they both painted on site several times. the low-lying limestone caves have bluffs stretching 60 feet high. The best spot to view these water worn caves and cliffs is from the opposite side of the Mississinewa River, on the south end.
Two hiking trails and 150 acres of nature preserve offer much to see at this attraction. The path at the top of the formation is the famed Frances Slocum Trail. It gives an aerial view of this one of a kind attraction.
Miami County declared in 2005 that the Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa is the number one of their 7 wonders of Miami County list. Other stops to make nearby include the Doctor James Ford Historic Home in Wabash, the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion and the Warsaw Biblical Gardens in Warsaw on your next day trip from Indianapolis.