Putnam County sits at the convergence of that which will be and that which was. To put it metaphorically, it’s a place where a Tesla can share the road with a hay wagon, and all is just groovy. Situated two counties west of the Indianapolis, two counties east of the state line, and threaded by Interstate and federal arteries leading to every other urban center in the Midwest, Putnam County is the greatest place to be. Here I can spend my first day in a bucolic world under the saddle, riding horseback in any of several locations (including one of the nation’s largest indoor riding arenas). Later that evening I can sit in different world altogether, comfortably ensconced in one of Greencastle’s downtown bars, or the local brewery, or the brand new tap-house—all the benefits of a night in the city without any of the hassles.
I’m minutes from a stunning, trail-laden nature park easily rivaling many state parks. I can extend those trails throughout the city and into the streets of DePauw University. I can head into the county and check out the Elk farms up north, or I can travel east and spend an afternoon at a local orchard. If I want to go boating? Done. Play golf? Easy. If want to listen to classical or artistically eclectic music, it’s waiting for me on campus, almost always free of charge. If I want to listen to a well-tuned guitar lead a jam session, I can find it live throughout the week. And when I need something more, I’m only an hour or less from three major college towns, the twelfth largest city in the nation, and all the acres in between.
I’ve been to the big cities. I’ve driven to the beaches. I’ve wandered in the mountains. They’re great places, but it costs a small fortune to stay there and huge fortune to get there. People who come here can get some dirt under their boots, feel the streets under their loafers, and go home with plenty of cash leftover for the daily life awaiting them.