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Strolls in the Park

When blue skies and warm weather come along, we dream of long strolls in park. The gentle spring breeze and colorful flowers are welcomed after the doldrums of an unpredictable Indiana winter. The paths, parks and gardens in Grant County offer even more to the casual hiker. From trains and rivers to Garfield statues and…

Meet the Fat Cat, Garfield

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…

James Dean’s Life in Grant County

James Dean spent a short 24 years on Earth, but he left a huge mark on the world. The famed actor only appeared in three major films but became a true Hollywood icon.  While most people knew him as a Hollywood actor, many in Grant County knew him as the neighbor boy who showed amazing…

Foodie Favorites

One of the best parts of roadtrippin’ is chowing down on local eats. Grant County kicks Hoosier Hospitality into the next gear with fabulous food and friendly faces. Try these top ten meals and restaurants:   Fish ‘n Chips Payne’s Restaurant, Gas City Stephen Payne, born and raised in England, puts a little British flair…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Here in Grant County, the winter festivities begin every year with the Walkway of Lights Christmas Parade & Holiday Lighting Ceremony. It’s a family tradition we never miss, because it’s not just any Christmas light display. A Christmas Tradition The winter wonderland is chock full of retro holiday vibes that take us back to Christmas…

Taking a Page from the Funnies

The creator of Garfield, Jim Davis, spent his childhood on a farm in nearby Fairmount with his parents, brother and 25 cats. As a child, he loved doodling and eventually attended to Ball State University to study art and business. One of his first attempts at a cartoon strip was called Gnorm Gnat, but when…

Hollywood’s Original Rebel

One of America’s greatest cultural icons hails from right here in Grant County. James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana in 1931, later moving to his aunt and uncle’s farm in Fairmount, Indiana. Dean became popular among his classmates and participated in many extracurriculars, such as baseball, basketball, drama and public speaking. Dean eventually headed…

Home of the Hog

Every biker knows that a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is called a “hog”. But, what they may not know is that the iconic nickname was coined in Marion, Indiana, almost 100 years ago. Back then, motorcycle racing was a national pastime. And, Harley-Davidson was one of the most popular bikes because of its contributions and success in…

Rockin’ and Rollin’ in Grant County

Everyone knows that Grant County is home to classic and cool celebrities like James Dean and Garfield creator, Jim Davis. Their rebellious attitudes and kookie antics became hallmark of the era. But, there’s a few more hometown heroes here that have contributed to this area’s classic cool vibe. Five teenagers started their own band in…