Mitchell, Indiana has quite an interesting history. It is the birthplace of an infamous villain named Sam Bass, a 19th-century outlaw and train robber who, according to local legend, managed to steal $60,000 from a gold train in San Fran before he was shot to death by the Texas Rangers the following year. Can you imagine the days of legendary Sam Bass as he robbed stagecoaches at gunpoint?
Scary villains may be part of the history here, but thankfully, Mitchell's Wild West days are long behind it. The town was also home to Gus Grissom, the astronaut who died on the launchpad during a fire of the Apollo 1. You can even see his childhood home while you're in town.
Your pup probably doesn't care about any of that, though! When Fido needs some fun, take him over to Spring Mill Park and tour the monument that honors Grissom's contributions to the space program. The park has other amenities as well so the whole family will have a blast. If you want, you can even explore the caves! With over 1,000 acres, there is plenty of room to run and play without feeling crowded. This park is the pawfect blend of history and nature and is a great place to relax after an adventure.
If your pup is more of a couch pup-tato than a hiker, paw on over to Bedford, located ruffly 10 miles from Mitchell. Here, you'll find plenty of dog-friendly activities to keep you and your pup occupied all day. If you want a treat -- and let's be honest, Fido probably does! -- head over to Jiffy Treet in the center of town. The short drive is well worth it for the variety of ice cream flavors on offer here! You will need to keep your puppy on a leash while you enjoy your favorite cone. Doggie dessert lovers are welcome at the outdoor seating area.