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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Q&A with County Coordinator Lisa Terry

What do you consider the key accomplishment(s) of your county's bicentennial celebration?

  • Besides the full day celebration of the the Torch Relay, We hosted the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for a free concert at our McHale Performing Arts Center on Sunday July 3rd- that featured Indiana composers/lyrics/themes to a full house. We had a 9 member traveling cast representing local Cass Countians dressed in full vintage apparel. We visited schools, festivals, parades, and special events through out the year.

What Legacy Project do you most like to tell people about, and why?

  • The traveling cast of historic figures was very unique and best represented many years of diverse influence form men and women in Cass County the past 200 years..... their stories, told to various audiences of all ages, instilled pride and created a contagious "want" for more local history. The costumes and authentic props were most helpful.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your county's bicentennial celebration.

  • Cass County Officials named the newly renovated community room at its govt location as the BICENTENNIEL ROOM.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your county's celebration?

  • Our Cass County Bison ( United WAY sponsored) is proudly "parked" at a small downtown park for many to see as they walk or drive by. The Torch is forever hanging in our NEW Bicentennial Room at the Cass Co Govt Building with photos/ state flag and other memorabilia.

Do you have a website and/or social media presence?

  • Cass County Bicentennial on Facebook

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 211

Estimated total attendance.

  • More than 10,000

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • $35,000

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $28,000

Cass County Legacy Project

Photos from Cass County Bicentennial Events / Activities

Cass County BisonCass County Symphony

Cass County Facts

Cass County was formed in 1828. It is named for Gen. Lewis Cass, Governor of Michigan Territory through 1831. Cass was U.S. Secretary of State just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War.

About the courthouse: Richard Byer was the architect and the building was completed in 1979.

In 1855 the first locomotive chugged through Logansport, launching a permanent love affair between the town and trains. Less than 20 years later, the Wabash and Erie canal was obsolete and abandoned because of the “new” transportation.

By the early 1920s, Logansport was a railroad town through and through, with some 3,000 persons employed by the railroads and handling more than 225 trains each day. Today the railroad era is celebrated at the annual Iron Horse Festival and The Logansport and Eel River Railroad Museum.

New for 2014 is the Twin Willows Farm 1st Annual Spring Open House on March 15, 2014.Enjoy farm life – see all kinds of animals – including Registered Nigerian Dwarf Dairy goats. Twin Willows is a family owned and operated farm located on nearly six rolling acres about 4 miles west of Logansport, Indiana.

France Park now offers a 1400 foot zipline ride across the Stone Quarry

Camping, fishing, hiking and more at France Park. Visitors have come to know and love the outdoor recreational facility for its scenic trails, waterfall, clear swimming lake with picturesque cliffs, quiet fishing areas, and spacious camping facilities.

The 9-11 miles of trails are active all year long, with hiking, mountain biking, and winter-time cross-country skiing. The swimming lake is an abandoned spring-fed quarry that attracts SCUBA divers from far away. France Park offers the camping enthusiast both primitive and modern camping.


County Seat: Logansport
Year Organized: 1828
Square Miles: 412.16

Cass County Bicentennial Committee

  • Lisa Terry - Cass County Bicentennial Coordinator
  • Terry Doran
  • Theresa Deitrich
  • Duane Deitrich
  • Vicki Lebo
  • Lida Hood
  • Jeff Strite 
  • Janet Quirk
  • Nancy Cottrell
  • Richard Cottrell
  • Debb DeFord
  • Judge Leo Burns
  • Ralph Anderson DVM
  • Mayor Dave Kitchell