Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


October 17, 2013

State library, Historical Board of Directors approve Fisher monument

GREENSBURG – Carl Fisher led an amazing life.

A visionary and entrepreneur who developed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, the Lincoln Highway and Miami Beach was born in Greensburg in January of 1874.

In October 2013, the City of Greensburg took another step to publicly recognize this native with the announcement that a Indiana State Historical Marker has been awarded to the City of Greensburg for Carl Fisher. Final approval came from the Indiana State Library and Historical Board of Directors.

“Carl Fisher’s contributions to the early automobile industry in Indiana and the creation of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway clearly demonstrate statewide significance. In addition, Fisher’s involvement in the “better roads” movement and his work with the Lincoln and Dixie Highways opened the door to more widespread automobile use on a national level,” according to Casey Schuster, Indiana Historical Bureau Marker Program Manager. “The marker application submitted for this topic met current program guidelines, and primary sources included with the application successfully corroborate the main points of significance.”

Additional research is planned and it is hoped to have a more complete timeline by Thanksgiving of when the marker may be delivered and installed. The marker will reside in downtown Greensburg just off the Washington Street entrance to complement the Underground Railroad marker on the other side.

Many people helped contribute to this marker which was one of the goals of the 2011 Go Greensburg campaign. They include: Janet Dance and Melanie Maxwell, who completed the final work in the process on behalf of the city. Kadee Miley, John Pratt, Greensburg Public Library, Ray Boomhower, Dale Ogden, Decatur County Historical Society, Miami Dade County Public Library and the staff of the Indiana Historical Bureau.

Currently, preliminary plans call for the Fisher marker installation in summer of 2014.

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