Driving Indiana’s highways like I do, I pass through a lot of my home state’s small towns. A lot of them are in sorry condition thanks to decades of neglect. The last 50 years have run roughshod over most of Indiana’s out-of-the-way communities.
Tidy, well-kept Indiana small towns are unfortunately not the norm. Worthington, on State Road 67 on Greene County, is tidy and well-kept. So I stopped to take it in.
Worthington doesn’t fill a full square mile in land size, and is home to only about 1,500 people. The nearest city is Bloomington, about 30 miles away. Spencer is just 18 miles away, and that’s where you’ll find the nearest supermarket.
What that means is when you choose to live in Worthington, you trade away convenience and you must own a car. You have to want to live in Worthington. Not only do 1,500 people want to live in Worthington, but they want to keep it this nice.
I made this trip with my longtime road-trip companion Dawn. It’s our tradition to stop somewhere for ice cream along the way. We have yet to not find an ice-cream shop on any of our trips. Sometimes it’s been just a Dairy Queen. I love me some Dairy Queen, but I love it even more when we find a local place. We did this day, in Worthington. We’ll forgive that they use a US highway shield with the State Road number in it.
This place had installed a shiny new tin ceiling. My camera rendered it as more of a pewter color, but it’s still a good photograph.
There are some vacant storefronts in Worthington, but even those are tidy and well-kept.
State Road 67 exits Worthington on its original alignment.
But I’m not sure how SR 67 entered Worthington. Richard Simpson’s otherwise outstanding series of maps of SR 67’s original alignment is missing a map of this area. I’ve drawn my educated guess in blue on this map.
Worthington came near the end of this day on our State Road 67 trip. A day on the road ends when I run out of one of two things: light or energy. My energy flagged after this, helped along I’m sure by a post-ice-cream sugar crash. We turned around and headed for home shortly after this, and I picked up the rest of SR 67 to Vincennes a couple Saturdays later.