Neptune was dedicated in 1912 as a gift to the city by Greek immigrant James Polezoes. Arriving in the United States in 1901, Polezoes settled in Goshen in 1910 where he sold candy, ice cream and owned a downtown theatre. The 6 foot - 10 inch bronze over lead and zinc statue was his way of thanking his adopted home for helping him achieve the American Dream.
Elkhart County Seat
""Maple City, USA""
Here, as elsewhere in so much of America, the most notable and proportioned building in a town is the county courthouse. The Elkhart County Courthouse is like many others in that it occupies a prominent square block in the center of the urbanized core.
"Neptune in Goshen"
It does seem a little odd that there should be this elegant statue of Neptune in land-locked Elkhart County. An immigrant candy-seller from Greece named James Palezoes donated this pagan god to the the County Courthouse in 1912, as a symbol of his appreciation for his new country. (Thanks Sam Barnett for the info.)