Fountain County Courthouse Murals
Mural Tour (Desktop Version)
East Wall First Floor

EARLY HISTORY


Surrounding the entranceway are symbols of the five sovereignties that ruled the territory prior to 1811.  The Indian over the center opening indicates that he was first over all. Surrounding him are trophies, wampum belts, and drum head and shoulder strap designs native to the county.  To the left of the entrance are, above, Royal Standard of Spain, and below, the Royal Standard of France. To the right of the entrance are, above, Royal Standard of George III of England, the last English sovereign to rule over the colonies; and below, the ensign of the United States of America.

The mural panel to the extreme left shows Indians observing the arrival of the Spanish explorers in 1541, led by Hernando DeSoto with raised sword astride a white horse.  At water’s edge, the standard-bearer holds the flag of King Charles V. The two canoes portray the 1673 French expeditions of Father Marquette and Joliet. The fur-trader LaSalle was first to explore the Mississippi in its entire length, doing so in 1679 and 1680.

The mural panel to the right of the entrance portrays the Union Jack above Fort Vincennes held by British soldiers, as the weary army of George Rogers Clark, bearing the United States flag, marches toward the decisive taking of this fort in 1778.  Above and to the right, Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison, in an attempt to keep peace with the Indiana tribes, holds council with the Indian leader Tecumseh in 1811, prior to the Battle of Tippecanoe.