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The OSSIS Project on the Erie Trail

Our Solar System in Scale 

Our Solar System in Scale ("OSSIS") depicts with signage the planets of our solar system at a scale of 1:355 million over nearly ten miles of the Erie Trail. OSSIS is the subject of two scavenger hunts on "North Judson Celebrate Trails Day April 22, 2023" at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum.  One of the hunts is for walkers and is less than a one-mile round trip within the Inner Planets.  The other hunt spans the full length of the project, both Inner and Outer Planets, includes multiple road crossings, and is for experienced bicyclists.  "North Judson Celebrate Trails Day April 22, 2023" is a signature event of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy hosted locally by the HVRM and the Prairie Trails Club.


The Constellation of Starke Creative Network opened the OSSIS project last October.  OSSIS was funded by the Starke County Community Foundation through a Lilly Endowment grant.  The Erie Trail is for walkers, runners, bicyclists and other nonmotorized enjoyment.  It includes the Great American Rail-Trail, the American Discovery Trail, and US Bike Route 35.

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