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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Martin County Indiana
Q&A with County Coordinator Marie Hawkins

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

  • It brought the people from two towns together in one big celebration.

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

  • Bison Billy. It showed how a county can come together in the State Fair Bison Contest.  Bison Billy won People's Choice!  We had people from all over the world that used to live in our county, along with their friends bring us together.  We are two small towns, and have been rivals for years, we were one on this project.

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

  • The Torch Relay Closing at the end of the day.  People lined the streets to watch and cheer the runners on, hear the speeches, and after it was over, the Bicentennial representatives from Indy joined with all the locals and went for supper at the local Bo-Macs Drive In, one of the last carhop restaurants.

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

  • We are preserving some info in our county museum, and our courthouse.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 60.

Estimated total attendance.

  • 500.

Estimated dollar amount raised.

  • $14,321.47.

Estimated dollar amount spent.

  • $14,321.47.

Martin County Legacy Projects

Photos of Martin County's Bicentennial Activities and Events

Martin County HeadstoneMartin County BalloonsMartin County Balloon CardMartin County Balloon ReleaseMartin County Bicentennial CommitteeBison Side BBison Head BBison Right SideBison SignBanquet of RosesBicentennial MomentosMartin County Bicentennial MedalTable full of Dishes from the Bicentennial GalaThe Speakers for the Time CapsuleSign for Bison at permanent homeAnother Sign for Bison

Martin County Facts

Martin County was formed in 1820 from Daviess and Dubois Counties. It was named for Maj. John T. Martin of Newport, Kentucky.

Overlook ParkOverlook Park
A scenic view of the winding White River through river bottom, farms and valleys. The park is located along US Hwy 50 and State Road 450, west of Shoals.

The people of Martin County treasure and preserve those natural wonders with their wildlife habitats. They have also established carefully in their midst, modern industries and agriculture. These are monuments to human endeavor and harbingers of the future.

Jug RockJug Rock, Martin State Forest, off U.S.50 near Shoals.Martin County is a portal to the Indiana past, with great forests, vistas, rolling hills, rivers, and ancient rocks, existing today, as they would have been seen by those who came before.

Most of the land in Martin County is owned by the US Government. About a third of the county belongs to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, and about a quarter of the county belongs to Hoosier National Forest.

Martin County is home to Naval Surface Warfare Center, NSWC. Crane’s Special Missions Center supports military forces engaged in Special Operations, Irregular Warfare and Riverine Operations.

With more than 1 million square feet of offices and laboratories, the Special Missions Center provides a distinct advantage in sensors and communications, mobility and maneuverability, and special munitions and weapons.

  • 3rd Largest Navy Installation in the World
    • 100 Square Miles
    • 650,000 Tons Ordnance Storage Capacity
    • In Indiana
    • 11th Largest Single Site Employer
    • 3rd Largest Employer in Southwest Indiana
    • 3068 Navy Employees
    • 73% Scientists, Engineers and Technicians
    • Over 480 Scientists, Engineers and Technicians hired since January 1999
    • Average Age: 45
    • Approximately 800 Army Employees
    • Over $400M in Contract Support Services

County Seat: Shoals
Year Organized: 1820
Square Miles: 335.74

Martin County 2016 State Bicentennial Committee

  • Marie B. Hawkins, Martin County 2016 State Bicentennial County Coordinator
  • Jim Stoughton
  • Linda Jones
  • Rodney Wright
  • Teresa Harder
  • Mayor Noel Harty
  • Jim Marshall
  • Jameson Hibbs
  • Tim Kinder