The Great Squirrel Stampede

Intrepid local heroes. Battles from long forgotten wars. The Great Squirrel Stampede of 1822.

These are all historical events that deserve commemorating, and that's exactly what Hamilton County, Indiana, is going to do:

Dave Heighway knows all about [Indiana's Squirrel Stampede].

"There is one paragraph that talks about a great squirrel migration in 1822," he said.

As the Hamilton County historian, he's been educating all who would listen about the 1822 and 1845 stampedes where migratory squirrels destroyed cornfields as they trekked across Indiana.

"I read that. I thought that's crazy. I actually thought, that's nuts," he said.

He told the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and members secured a grant to start work on a mockup for a fiberglass squirrel. In fact, the group would like to see a half dozen of these in all eight Hamilton County communities.

Kevin Rader of WTHR chased down the story: Link


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