The building block of the nation’s public landscape is equally renowned for its role in private life.
Mechanization of the removal and transport of Indiana limestone ultimately transformed the skylines of New York, Chicago and Washington.
While John Dillinger might be considered Indiana’s most notorious gangster, and the Reno gang of Seymour credited with having invented the train robbery, a different Hoosier miscreant may have left the largest footprint on American folklore. Before astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom put Mitchell on the map, the small town’s best-known native son was undoubtedly Sam Bass.
Food connoisseurs prize native persimmons, Diospyros virginiana, Latin for "food of the gods." The burnt-oragne fruit is indigenous to the Wabash Valley.
Virgil “Gus” Grissom from Mitchell, Indiana graduated from Purdue University, joined the Air Force, and went on to become one of the nation’s seven original Mercury astronauts.