Garfield, the lasagna-loving fat cat, has roots right here in Grant County. Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis, grew up in Fairmount on a farm with – you guessed it! Cats! His childhood doodles eventually evolved into the beloved characters we know and love today.
In honor of the cool cat, communities throughout Grant County erected statues of Garfield. Each of the 14 fiberglass statues depict the heritage and character of the location in which it stands. The Garfield Trail begins with a mellow Garfield in Marion. Feisty feline fans can spot all statues in one day.
Paws for Thought
Garfield Garden at Community Foundation of Grant County, Marion
Find Garfield posing in a paw print-shaped Garden. Pose cross-armed with the sarcastic cat. Pop in and staff will unlock the gates for you.
Marion Public Library, Marion
Garfield loves learning and reading. After all, he is a comic book star. Each book on Garfield’s stack tell the history of Grant County. While visiting the Library, be sure to check out the “History Made Here” exhibit.
Near Alumni Park, Swayzee
Hit basketball court with Garfield. He dons a crown and uniform of Swayzee’s former high school basketball team, the Speedkings. The first court built for high school basketball was located at the Speedking’s high school in the 1960s. The Speedkings also won longest high school game in history with nine overtimes.
Sweetser Switch Trail and Depot, Marion
Garfield is dressed to impress in a light blue bow tie and hat. He’s carrying his suitcase ready to board the boxcar. The former Sweetser railway is now a trail that’s connected to the Cardinal Greenway. In addition to Garfield and the boxcar, the trail has lots of fun statues to see.
Marion General Hospital, Marion
Garfield is on duty and ready to help with his stethoscope, gauze and first aid kit. He, like the doctors and nurses at the local hospital, are prepared to spring into action in any medical situation.
Fit for Life Garfield
Matter Park Gardens, Marion
The fat cat hits the trail, jogging in his Marion sweat suit and sneakers. Starting at Matter Park Gardens, Garfield can jog the Mississinewa Riverwalk all the way to downtown Marion.
Arbor Trace Golf Clubhouse, Marion
Garfield is ready to hit the green in his Scottish golf knickers as Grant County’s only wooden Garfield statue. Garfield is available April through November during daylight hours.
Van Buren Public Library, Van Buren
The lasagna-loving cat has another delicious snack favorite – popcorn. Van Buren is home to Weaver popcorn, so it’s only fitting that Garfield is ready to chow down. He wears Van Buren’s former high school’s athletic team uniform while holding a globe. Look closely at the globe and you’ll notice a piece of popcorn marking Van Buren.
Matthews Town Hall, Matthews
Garfield has all his gear and is ready to go fishing on the Mississinewa River. He is holding his catch of the day on this back. He’s not too far from Cumberland Covered Bridge, which is another favorite fishing spot for locals.
Fairmount Historical Museum, Fairmount
Jonesboro City Hall, Jonesboro
Jonesboro is the home to the first volunteer fire department in Grant County. Garfield wears his helmet and holds a firehose, ready to respond to any fire emergency.
Gas City-Mill Township Public Library, Gas City
Gas City was founded with natural gas was discovered in the area. It quickly became a boom town, with developers coming to get their piece of the gas boom. Eight glass factories popped up around town thanks to the gas boon. Garfield tries his hand at glass glowing in this statue.
Payne’s Restaurant, Gas City
As the newest addition on the Trail, Garfield stands on guard at the English-themed restaurant. Donning a bright red coat, sword and tall hat, he can’t be missed. He must have gotten the idea when he was on set in London for Garfield: The Tale of Two Kitties.
Scream for Ice Cream
Ivanhoe’s Drive In, Upland
There’s no food this cat can’t conquer, including Ivanhoe’s 100 milkshake and 100 sundae flavors. He hasn’t earned his place on the 100 Club by trying every flavor, but we’re sure he will soon.
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