Grant County Indiana

Fairmount, Indiana: Home to Jim Davis and Garfield the cat

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The legend of Garfield creator, Jim Davis, comes alive in his hometown of Fairmount, Indiana


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Fairmount, Indiana boasts a couple famous Indiana natives. In addition to its most well-known son, movie-star James Dean, Fairmount is also the hometown of Jim Davis, creator of the comic strip Garfield. Jim Davis’s PAWS, Inc. studio is just a short drive from Fairmount, Indiana and surrounding cities of Marion, Gas City and Upland, Indiana. And Jim Davis and Garfield’s presence continue to be felt throughout east central Indiana with Grant County’s Garfield Trail.

From Fairmount, Indiana to Upland, Indiana: Drive the Garfield Trail

The Van Buren Garfield is currently unavailable due to repair.

Visit twelve unique statues of America’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat, Garfield. Located in Marion, Indiana and surrounding Grant County cities, the fiberglass statues each measure approximately five feet in height and depict Jim Davis’s Garfield in fun costumes or situations. Taking a trip along the Garfield trail is a great family activity and presents a number of fun photo opportunities.

If You Visit the Garfield Trail in Fairmount, Indiana and surrounding cities:

  • Dates and Hours: The Garfield Trail, featuring statues of Jim Davis’s most famous cartoon character, Garfield the cat, is available year round. However, the best time to view the statues is during late spring, the summer, and early fall. To access the Paws For Thought Garfield, simply ask the Community Foundation office to unlock the gate weekdays 8am-4pm.
  • Things to Bring: Camera, cell phone to check in on Foursquare, sunscreen, clothes appropriate for the weather, friends and family.
  • Other Family-Friendly Attractions along the Garfield Trail: Splash House Water Park, Fairmount Museum, Ivanhoe’s Restaurant. More dining options are available throughout Grant County along the Garfield Trail.
  • Cell Phone Tour: Learn more about Jim Davis’s Garfield, Fairmount, Indiana and other surrounding communities by taking the Garfield Trail cell phone tour. Call (765) 997-7034 from each statue for interesting commentary and information about nearby attractions.

Locations:The Garfield statues can be found in the following locations: