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11/26/2018 11:07:00 AM
Iconic 'Breaking Away' limestone quarry is no longer a swimming hole
BLOOMINGTON — A swimmer jumps from the edge of the Rooftop quarry in June 2001. Scenes for the 1979 movie Breaking Away were filmed at the Monroe County spot. The quarry, officially called Sanders Quarry, has been filled. Herald-Times / Jeremy Hogan
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BLOOMINGTON — A swimmer jumps from the edge of the Rooftop quarry in June 2001. Scenes for the 1979 movie Breaking Away were filmed at the Monroe County spot. The quarry, officially called Sanders Quarry, has been filled. Herald-Times / Jeremy Hogan


Kurt Christian, Herald-Times

A limestone quarry shown in the 1979 movie Breaking Away has been filled in so that it is no longer recognizable as the famous — or infamous — swimming hole it used to be.

Representatives from Indiana Limestone Co. declined to comment last week on whether the limestone provider had filled Sanders Quarry, which is commonly referred to as Rooftop. Photos said to have been recently taken at the limestone quarry 3.5 miles south of Bloomington circulated on social media to suggest the quarry was filled, and the H-T received confirmation that it was.

Rooftop has long been heralded as an iconic locale and is featured as the name of a locally brewed beer. However, neighbors and law enforcement officials have also had to deal with visitors who broke the law by trespassing on private property to emulate the movie’s protagonists.

“One of the biggest issues is the neighbors complaining about parking issues, then break-ins and vandalism to cars,” Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain said last week.

“As people were parked in different areas to go back and swim in those quarries, those cars were the targets of thieves that would break windows and steal what they could.”

Swain also acknowledged that, as a part of the county’s dive team, he’s had to pull several drowning victims out of the quarry. Three people have died in the past 25 years after jumping from the quarry’s 65-foot-high ledges.

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