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Needmore, Indiana: Cursed Pyramid Ruins Team Field Report

Old Hwy 37, Needmore, IN
Nine miles north of Bedford -- or about 14-15 miles south of Bloomington -- on Hwy 37. At a very lonely stoplight, far from any others, turn southeast onto "Old Highway 37." The street sign is very tiny; look instead for the Crest Motel, Citgo station, Evans Grocery. Old Hwy 37 dead-ends four miles later at the abandoned park. Private property - obey posted signs.
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Cursed Pyramid Ruins

Scattered, overgrown limestone blocks are all that remain of giant pyramid that was never completed. It was meant to be a tourist attraction honoring the town of Bedford, "Limestone Capital of the World." Report...

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Cursed Pyramid Ruins

Be sure to continue down the road about 1/4 mile, very visible on the righthand side.

[Heather, 05/23/2015]

Site Map reconstruction.

Pyramid Park

I have recreated the Pyramid Park pamphlet from memory and would like you to post it if you want. I think it should clear up where a lot of the money went. I saw the helicopters fly over my house back when it was in operation. It is such a shame that it got the Golden Fleece award. Someone should take up the project again with private funding. We need someone like Bill Cooke, who truly loved Indiana. For a Democrat Senator from Wisconsin to offer such an award is truly ironic if not moronic. If someone ever does take up the project I would pay to make a copy of the award as a joke so that everyone could see it as they walked in the door. I would also offer William Proxmire a free lifetime pass to get in if he were still alive. [chris clifton, 08/15/2014]

Pyramid Park was an Indiana civic effort to boost the image of limestone, a local resource, by building an actual pyramid. It was mockingly given a "Golden Fleece" award by then-Senator William Proxmire as an example of wasteful government spending. That was in 1981. The project failed; all that remains now are ruins. Proxmire died in 2005.

Pyramid entrance gate.

Cursed Pyramid Ruins

We walked around the Cursed Pyramid Ruins site and saw plenty of limestone rocks, but nothing that looked much like a pyramid, except this replica near the entrance.

[Freyja, Rick, and John, 09/12/2010]
Cursed Pyramid Ruins

This is in fact bs - it's a bunch of stone slabs haphazardly thrown on top of one another being drowned by shrubs and sticker bushes. We walked to the end of the outlook and down two sides to be sure; it looks as though the surrounding water ponds are filled with toxins as the color of the water is a very bright green. Kind of a wasted trip. The Pyramids at the front gate are still there, however, someone must have gotten mad about going all the way out there because both have been lopped in half, the top of each was gone long ago.

[Nicole, 07/25/2010]

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