Vandalism at Anderson Falls in Bartholomew County

“Frustrated beyond words”….that’s how the Bartholomew County Parks Department is describing the vandalism that recently occurred at Anderson Falls.

On June 16, 2021, approximately 11:21 a.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies were contacted in reference to vandalism that occurred at Anderson Falls. Multiple areas of the park were damaged including: bathrooms, trees, parking lot, even landscape rocks.

Members of the Bartholomew County Parks Department have invested a lot of time and energy in making Anderson Falls a great place for people to enjoy. They were in the process of reopening restrooms that have not been opened in several years. Now, Vandals struck – overturning portable restroom facilities and defacing multiple areas of the park with graffiti and other damage.

“This is an act of pure meanness”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “This is a crime that affects all of us and those responsible for this damage need to be held accountable”, added Sheriff Myers.

Local businessman Chuck Wells, member of the County Park Board, said: “we are not going to let vandals stop us from making our community great”. Wells feels so strongly about finding those responsible that he is personally offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the damages.

“At this time, although this might have occurred on the same night that the 1892 one-room School was burned to the ground, there is no way to connect the two incidents”, said Major Chris Lane. “However, the timing and the location certainly make it a possibility”, added Lane.

Anyone with any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is asked to contact the Bartholomew County Sherriff’s Office. Anonymous calls can be made to BCSO’s Tip Line: 812-379-1712.

You may also email Sheriff Myers directly at

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