History

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Most notably, the historic “Spirit of the American Doughboy” stands perched stalwartly on the Owen County Courthouse lawn. E. M. Visquesney, sculptor of the statue, called Spencer his home, creating dozens of these monuments in the 1920s. It is a true treasure, worthy of a look-see.

You may also be interested to see the sights of Gosport. This quaint town is the place to see the Old Iron Bridge or if you’re not into architecture then in the same town you’ll find Camp Hughes – a civil war training camp.

11 - Teno'clocktreatyThe historic 10 O’Clock Line Treaty runs through Gosport. There you will find not only a monument, but also a museum ~ a wonderful place to spend the afternoon.

If war memorials are of particular interest, you’ll find our fair share numbered among some of the oldest in the Midwest, including, but not limited to the Revolutionary War and canons from the Civil War at the Soldier’s War Memorial in Spencer.

And of course, there’s the historic Cataract Covered Bridge. No longer in use, but still there, as beautiful as ever near backdrop of the upper falls.

There are numerous historic markers in the Spencer area. If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit the Owen County Heritage & Culture Center in the old Carnegie Library just off the courthouse square in downtown Spencer. They have a lovely museum and gift shop with lots of wonderful tidbits about the origins of a truly unique community.

Coal City has the only existing depot in Owen County. It was moved from its original location on July 27th, 2002. It was then restored by the Coal City Preservation Society. It is currently located in the heart of Coal City and is used for special presentations.