Iconic Destinations in Indiana - Beck's Auto Center | Lafayette, Indiana

Iconic Destinations in Indiana

Indiana has a number of iconic locales that do not include basketball gyms or speedways.  These interesting destinations have a unique history all their own that make them a little known part of our state’s past.

John Dillinger’s Gravesite

One of the Depression era’s most notorious bank robbers, John Dillinger, who was killed in a shootout in Chicago on July 22, 1934, is buried in a family plot in Indianapolis’ Crown Hill Cemetery

Because of pervasive vandalism and attempts at grave robbing, Dillinger’s body was exhumed and reburied under layers of iron and concrete.  The grave’s headstone since 1934 has been replaced four times as vandals continue to chip off chunks and corners of the modest marker.

James Dean’s Grave and Gallery

James Dean’s iconic roles in films during his brief career left a lasting legacy.  This Indiana native who was the original “rebel without a cause,” was killed in a tragic auto accident in California on September 30, 1955 at the age of 24.  He is buried in Fairmount where fans from around the world still return.  The James Dean Gallery is also located in Fairmount.

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

This library is dedicated to championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Indianapolis native Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  It is located in the Emelie Building at 340 N. Senate Avenue in Indianapolis.

Vonnegut’s career spanned over 50 years in which he published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).  After his death, he was hailed as a morbidly comical commentator on the society in which he lived, and as one of the most important contemporary writers.

Rose Island

Once a thriving amusement park in Charlestown, Rose Island is marked today by remnants of stone and iron that once represented a hotel, swimming pool, a wooden roller coaster  and a tiny zoo that held a wolf, monkeys and a bear named “Teddy Roosevelt.”   Covered by 10 feet of water in the Ohio River Flood of 1937, the damage to the park was too great to salvage and the site was abandoned.   Visitors today still come to take in the park’s serenity and search for remnants of a bygone era.

Hall of Heroes Museum

What can be more iconic and fun than “The Hall of Justice” being filled with thousands of action figures, props, collectables, and comic books from the over 70-year history of super hero comic books.

Notable items include a Batarang used in the film Batman and Robin, one of only two remaining costumes from the television show The Greatest American Hero, and hundreds of pieces of original comic book art from the likes of Alex Toth and Curt Swan.  There is also a small replica of the Batcave from the ’60s Batman show, complete with a fire-pole that visitors can slide down.  Tours of the Hall of Heroes located in Elkhart must be scheduled in advance at Hall of Heroes.

Indiana’s Colgate Clock

Bigger than Big Ben, the Colgate Clock atop the former Colgate plant in Clarksville is the second largest timepiece in the world.  The largest is the Colgate clock on their factory in New Jersey.  The Indiana clock measures over 40 feet in diameter and the hands on the clock weigh over 500 pounds each and are 16 and 20 1/2 feet long.

This commemorative clock was built to celebrate the company’s centennial in 1906 and it originally sat on top of the company’s Jersey City facility until it was replaced and moved to Clarksville in 1924.  The Clarksville site had been a state prison before being converted to a factory by Colgate-Palmolive in 1923.

At night with its red neon lights, the ticking behemoth can be seen over a mile away as it overlooks the Ohio River facing east toward Louisville.

Hitting the Road?

Don’t forget to bring your vehicle to Beck’s Auto Center prior to heading out on your summer road trips.  We’ll do our 27-Point Inspection to make sure your vehicle is ready.  Schedule a convenient time to bring your car, van or SUV in by going to Online Appointment

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