Oldenburg, Indiana: 70-Foot-High German Maypole

Towering red-and-yellow-striped pole hung with symbolic shields, in a town where all the downtown street names are in German.
Sycamore St., Oldenburg, IN
I-74 exit 149. Drive north 2.5 miles on IN-229. When going down the hill into town, you'll see the Maypole on the left. You can park in the grocery store lot across the street.
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German Maypole.

German Maypole

A 70-foot-tall German Maypole was built by the citizens of Oldenburg in honor of their German heritage (all of the street signs and store names are in German). The Maypole symbolizes the planting of trees and the awakening of Spring, and many villages celebrate May 1st by decorating the pole and performing ceremonial dances.

The red and yellow striping on this pole are the colors of Oldenburg, and the shields represent important items in the town.

[Lorie Bettice, 08/27/2020]

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