The Jackson County Visitor Center released the Jackson County Bison Tour on Monday as a way for people to get out and enjoy, explore and learn about the county.
Those interested can download the tour from the visitor center’s blog at jacksoncountyin.com/take-the-jackson-county-bison-tour-today. Those who prefer printed brochures can pick them up when they become available. Brochures should be available sometime the week of July 6.
There are seven bison statues placed in communities throughout Jackson County. Each was placed by local organizers during the state’s bicentennial celebration in 2016. Each bison features artwork by local artists and scenes and landmarks in Jackson County.
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The tour takes less than an hour and a half of driving time, and visitors are encouraged to take a photo with each bison and upload it to their social media accounts so visitor center staff can see them. Use the hashtags #jacksoncountybisontour and #explorejacksoncountyin when you upload your photos.
The visitor center released the Jackson County Scenic Driving Tour in May, which is a longer tour and features many landmarks and sites throughout the county. That tour and its materials also may be downloaded through the visitor center blog.
The idea for tours came after many events, fairs and festivals were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Many of the events we love and celebrate have been canceled this year, but with the number and quality of sites in Jackson County, visitor center staff have created multiple tours that will create lasting memories and a lot of fun,” said Jordan Richart, public relations manager for the visitor center. “These tours give people something to do while practicing social distancing. It also raises awareness about the quality of sites, landmarks and history our country offers.”
More tours are planned and will be released later this summer.