It was time for a day of vacation, so when B.D. suggested we hit the road and visit Fairmount, Indiana (“Where Cool Went to School” aka James Dean’s hometown and final resting place), I jumped at the chance! Up at 5:30 a.m. to accompany my dog’s meds’ schedule, and out I-70, stopping only for a quick breakfast, we hit town about 10:00 a.m.
If you would like to visit a town firmly anchored in the ’50’s, Fairmount is your kind of place.
While we were at the gravesite, we were approached by a man on a golf cart who told us he watched for out of state license tags. He gives out photos and tells about ice skating with “Jimmie” all those years ago.
This sign marks where Jimmie bought his motorcycle.
The Winslow farm where Jimmie grew up after the death of his mother.
We were very happy to see Lenny on duty. This was B.D.’s fifth trip and my third, and we were thrilled when Lenny said he remembered us. The annual festival which takes place the end of September draws approximately 80,000 people from around the world.
This man came from Japan to enter the James Dean look-a-like contest. We’ve never visited during the festival and according to Lenny we are missing a grand time.
We stopped at a diner which served tasty cheeseburgers.
Here is the old high school which has been “propped up” to keep from further deterioration. Unfortunately, there is not enough money to restore it. Jimmie was Class of ’49.
Jimmie’s funeral was held at this Friends church.
Garfield’s “dad” Jim Davis is also a Fairmount native.