A Bison-tennial statue in Decatur County

Indiana’s Statehood Bicentennial was celebrated in 2016. The remnants of that celebration can be seen all over the state in the form of 5 feet tall fiberglass bisons. The in.gov website states:  “Indiana Association of United Ways was the proud sponsor of the statewide Bison-tennial Public Art Project. This legacy project helped celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday by decorating and displaying 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison with an end goal of at least one – if not a herd – of bison on display in each of Indiana’s 92 counties.”

Courthouse with Tower Tree in background

This side says DECATUR

This side says COUNTY






This Bison-tennial beast has scenes from Decatur County painted on the hide. Most of the ones in counties around the state have some depictions of local places, schools or attractions. We’ve seen a few of these colorfully decorated statues around the state, as each of the 92 counties received one or more to custom decorate. This one we found at the center of Greensburg on the Decatur County Courthouse grounds, and is pictured above with its information sign. Note that the header photo show the bison in the raw as they were delivered back in 2016.

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      • We used to look for the Osborne Bull billboards when we drove around Spain. The giant black bulls that were advertisements for Osborne Sherry were all over Spain up to 1994 when they banned roadside advertising of alcoholic beverages. There were a few signs still up when we were there in the late 90s.

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      • Bulls are a big deal in Spain. Bull fighting made up around a sixth of the GDP when we were there. I never went to a bull fight. I had no interest, but you can’t live in Spain without learning all about it. We went to a concert at Las Ventas, the large bull ring in Madrid. The seats were concrete slabs with no backs. The most uncomfortable slabs of concrete I have ever sat on. I couldn’t imagine sitting through six bullfights, the number of bullfights they had each day.

        My guitar teacher told me a joke about the restaurant on the edge of the bull ring that served toro after the bullfights. A patron was in the restaurant and the waiter brought the guy at the next table a plate with to big balls on it. The patron asked about the plate and the waiter told him that at the end of each bullfight you could order the huevos (bull testicles). The patron asked if he could get a plate. The waiter said there was a waiting list and he would check for the next opening. The waiter came back and told the patron there was a cancellation, so if he cam back at 3:00 the next day he could get huevos. The patron returned the next day and was waiting with anticipation. At 3:00 pm to waiter brought him a plate with two little balls on it. The patron said “What’s this? Yesterday there were two huge balls today, tiny balls?” The waiter said. Usually the matador wins, but sometimes the bull wins.

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  1. Statewide is very impressive, indeed! I’ve seen some communities – city/county – that have done similar with fiberglass horses, cows, and I think pigs. The range of the bison was very extensive, but I didn’t realize that Indiana was part of that. Very cool, Road Warriors! — YUR


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