[r63] Rep. Messmer announces Loogootee town display

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) is encouraging residents in his district to visit the Statehouse later this month to see a piece of local history. The Statehouse will be displaying a 9 foot by 5 foot town model of Loogootee from January 28 through February 11.

The model, hand-built by Loogootee native Tom Strange, depicts Loogootee's downtown square as it was in 1953, just as the town was celebrating its centennial.

"This display highlights a significant moment in Loogootee's history," said Rep. Messmer. "But it's also great to see how much the town has grown and flourished structurally and in population in the last almost 60 years."

What started out as a train set turned into a full-blown historical model when Strange ran across an aerial picture of Loogootee's town square in a 1953 school yearbook. The model has been displayed in Loogootee as well as the Indiana State Library, where it will be partially disassembled for the move to the Statehouse.

For more information, please contact the Statehouse Tour Office at (317) 233-5293.