POTD: James A. Garfield Monument

Welcome to James A. Garfield Monument, built in remembrance of the 20th president of the United States. Today’s post is a brief history lesson. After a long career serving as a major general in the Union Army during the Civil War and as a congressman, Garfield was elected president in March, 1881. His term was cut short as he was assassinated months after taking office. However, born and raised on a farm near Cleveland, fellow Ohioans still pay their respects when they visit his tomb in Lake View Cemetery.


POTD: The Popcorn Guy!

For the first few months of my new life in Valparaiso I had no idea who Orville Redenbacher was. It wasn’t until my parents came to stay and we visited Orville’s statue in downtown Valpo that my mom reminded me of the significance of Mr. Redenbacher. He’s the popcorn guy! Suddenly the annual Popcorn Fest that I attended in Valpo over the summer made sense. 

Most are familiar with the Gourmet Popping Corn for which Orville is famous. However, what many people don’t know is that Orville was born in Brazil, that is Brazil, IN, situated 55 miles west of Indianapolis. Growing up on his father’s farm Orville developed an interest in popcorn from a young age. He attended Purdue University where he became fascinated by hybrid experimentation and his dream of a popcorn empire was born. This is also where he met his partner, Charlie Bowman. Today Orville remains a local celebrity in Valparaiso and visitors can snap a photo with him in the Central Park Plaza.