Vincennes Local Customs

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    Vincenness Mural

    by deecat Updated Jun 4, 2008

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    After parking our car and visiting the Visitor Center, we looked up and noticed an historic Mural painted on the north side of the Old Gimbel building at the corner of 2nd and Main in downtown Vincennes. After taking a few photographs, I walked up very close to the mural to see if there would be information regarding the artist and the content.

    I discovered that Randall Hedden created the original mural on 10/27/78. I looked up his name and found out that he is a "self-taught artist who started in 1972 primarily working in portraiture and illustrations. He later moved on to murals, and many can...be seen on the exterior of large buildings in the midwest..." Hedden has his own gallery in Scottsdal, Arizona; it is called Hedden Gallery.

    Randall Hedden is a former resident of Vincennes, and he has been hired to create a mural on the back wall of a building at 3rd and Main street facing the Municipal Parking Lot; it is a mural of hometown comedian, Red Skelton.

    When the project is completed, a dedication ceremony is planned.

    I also discovered that Randall Hedden did restoration work of the historical mural that he first painted in 1978. It was restored by October, 7, 2005. This large mural depicts many of Vincennes, Indiana's early "claims to fame" It features the British surrender to Revolutionary War hero, George Rogers Clark; the city's status as the capital of the Indiana Territory under Governor William Henry Harrison before Indiana's statehood; the role of historic Basillica of St. Francis Xavier.

    What a great tribute to the city of Vincennes, and what a great artist Randall Hedden is!

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    "The Bolder"

    by deecat Updated Jun 4, 2008

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    As my sister and I were leaving the area of The Old French House and walking toward a new adventure, we happened to notice a bolder and an explanation marker beside it. Of course, we stopped to investigate.

    This is what the marker had as an explanation:

    "This boulder was originally used as a step to mount horses at the home, near Vincennes, of Christopher Wyant, second sheriff of Knox County, Northwest Territory.

    It is an old Vincennes legend that on this boulder, Jefferson Davis proposed marriage to Sarah Knox Taylor, daughter of General, and later President Zachary Taylor. They were married June 17, 1835 in Louisville, Kentucky. The bride died in less than three months at the Davis plantation in Mississippi. In 1861, the groom became the President of the Confederate States of America"

    I think that part of the thrill of travel is finding small "tid bits" about legend, "here say", and fact that add to the human side of history. So, keep your eyes peeled as you travel to discover all that the past has to offer.

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