Shades State Park | Waveland, Indiana

One story of the area attributes the illusion of deep shadows beneath the nearly unbroken canopy of these forests and the eerie feeling projected by the “black forest” as the reason for the early name, “The Shades of Death.” Other people, however, say the name resulted due to the Native Americans who occupied this natural stronghold along Sugar Creek and the legend of an early settler being killed. Another story that contributed to the gloomy name claimed that a young settler’s wife buried an axe in her wicked husband’s head. Finally the “Shades of Death” name, considered unsavory, was dropped to simply “The Shades.” (source)




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