Fountain County Courthouse Murals
Fun Facts

Architect Louis Johnson planned the building with the intention that the walls of the atrium would be used for murals as suggested in a speech given by Wilbur Peat of the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis.

One of the trees, if you study it closely, has the markings of a face.

Men played the fiddle as a favorite relaxation activity.

The symbolism of the deer over the fire is hospitality.

A young married couple dressed in their wedding clothes travel by covered wagon to start a new life in the new world of the west.

Wild parakeets once lived in the area along with bears.

Dandelions appear in several of the murals. They are a symbol of perseverance.

Eugene Savage oversaw the artists who painted the murals. He also mixed the major colors to ensure that the murals all had the same tone.

Many of the individuals in the murals have the faces of people who were relatives of the muralists.

In the lower left of one of the murals, you see a man with a boy on his shoulders playing a drum. This is Georgia St. Clair Neikirks’s husband Frank and son Robert.

Another photo you will see, a bit further away from Frank and Robert, is another man who is Georgia St. Clair Neikirk’s father Robert St. Clair (Sinclair).

Two horses share one back leg.

There is a pink horse with only two legs.

A lamb was painted over as a dog.

Located beside the Clerk’s Office, where marriage licenses are issued, Cupid stands in a tree over a young couple.

It is told that Col. James McManamon took off the shirt he was wearing and gave it to a woman who did not have enough money to buy a shirt in which to bury her husband, who had been killed in the Civil War.

When women demonstrated to gain the right to vote, tea and other commodities were burned.

Asters, purple flowers, are labeled with names of friends of the artists.

Packet boats were for transportation of freight, livestock, or people. The boat pictured can be identified as transportation for people due to the curtains at the windows.A fold-down, wooden shelf secured by two chains was provided for sleeping. Children were tied to the upper railings to ensure they did not fall off the boat and drown.

Over twenty-five different animals appear in the murals.

Various trees, plants, and clothing and transportation styles are present throughout the murals.

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