Marion Public Library Museum · 2. It was also in Marion that “Hog” became synonymous with Harley Davidson motorcycles, after the winner of the 1920 Cornfield Classic race led a sucker to his victory lap. For information on Marion and Grant County, visit this museum in the historic Carnegie Library (190). Built in the Beaux-Arts style, this building served as Marion's public library in 1991 and opened as a museum a few months after the library changed to a new building.
When we compiled this list, the main exhibit was Made in Marion, which charted the days of the natural gas boom in the region, which drove incredible growth starting in the 1880s, especially in the glass industry. A public space that any city would be proud of, Matter Park is very close to the Mississinewa River from downtown Marion. A product of Marion's boom days, this park grew at the turn of the century and even had a zoo that remained open until the 1970s. After a period of decline, Matter Park has recovered over the past 20 years or so, and has become the site of a growing list of events in summer, including Cruisin' in the Park in June and a July 4th celebration with fireworks and a concert by the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra.
Also noteworthy are the 6.3 acres of landscaping that make up Gardens of Matter Park. A privileged setting for weddings, reunions and graduations, the gardens are planted with more than 7,000 annual plants and feature the award-winning Butterfly Garden, which supports monarch butterflies. Two, Tom Shipp and Abe Smith, were lynched in the square, while a third, James Cameron (1914-2000), was saved by a woman who spoke for him. Cameron later became an activist, founded three chapters of the NAACP, and was here in 1995 to help face a poorly attended KKK rally.
During the war of 1812, the Battle of Misissinewa was fought on the riverbank, seven miles north of present-day Marion. It was an expedition ordered in December 1812 by William Henry Harrison (1773-1884) against the Indian villages of Miami, in response to the attacks on Fort Harrison and Fort Wayne. In River Town you can see more than 140 artisans, merchants and food suppliers, from gunsmiths to potters to master printers. The most picturesque way to get to Matter Park from downtown Marion is by this 2.25-mile trail that starts next to the Washington Street Bridge and ends north at Matter Park Pond.
Created in the 1980s, the Mississinewa Riverwalk has been designed for both exercise and passive recreation, passing through a chain of public parks. All of them have facilities such as grills, shelters, playgrounds, along with historical monuments such as the Mississinewa Monument 1812 in Willis Van Devanter Park. The river walk is a multi-purpose trail, with capacity for hikers, runners, cyclists and skaters. The famous quilt designer and businesswoman Marie Webster (1859-195) was born in Marion.
The beautiful house, built in 1905, where she settled with her husband George and lived from 1909 to 1942, now houses the Quilters Hall of Fame. In the south-east of the city is the peaceful resting place of more than 8,000 men and women, veterans of numerous wars over the past 160 years. What would become Marion National Cemetery was established in 1889 following a request by Congressman and Civil War veteran George Washington Steele (1839-1892) for a soldier's residence in Grant County. One of Indiana's Best Family Water Parks Is Here in Marion.
Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, Marion Splash House is a mix of fun and relaxation, with all kinds of attractions and more than 30,000 square feet of deck space. Movie buffs or fans of James Dean (1931-195) can follow in his footsteps in Grant County. Dean's birthplace is right in the center of Marion, on the site of the Seven Gables Apartment House. At 723 W 4th Street is a wonderful Colonial Revival home, built in 1912 for banker J.
The track is half a mile long and there are a number of racing classes on Saturday, including sedans, AWD Unlimited and 6-Speed Unlimited. The creator of Garfield, Jim Davis, was born in Marion in 1945 and grew up just south of the city in Fairmount before attending college at Ball State in Muncie. As a way to honor Davis and his sarcastic cartoon cat, 14 fiberglass statues of Garfield have been erected in cities across Grant County, 6 of which can be found in Marion, each with a location-specific theme. Also look for Fit for Life Garfield in Matter Park Gardens, Duffer Garfield in the Arbor Trace Golf Clubhouse and Paws for Thought, on a Pedestal in Garfield Garden at the Grant County Community Foundation.
To keep up with the James Dean theme, you can visit this magnificent museum founded in 1988 in an elegant Victorian house on Main Street. . .