Jimmy Stewart statue.

Jimmy Stewart Statue

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Indiana, Pennsylvania

Jimmy Stewart was born and raised in this timber-and-coal town, which honored him with a life-size bronze statue on his 75th birthday. It really wasn't bronze, however. The bronze statue cost $100,000, and it wasn't ready in time for its 1983 dedication. So the town substituted a look-alike fiberglass statue, and no one noticed the difference -- not even Jimmy, who flew in from California for the dedication.

The real statue was eventually completed, and the fiberglass statue was moved next door as a display inside the Jimmy Stewart Museum, which opened in 1996. Both statues show Jimmy in his "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" suit, a string bean of a man wearing a fedora and gesturing casually.

Jimmy Stewart statue.

Bronze Jimmy stands in front of the Indiana County Court House atop a concrete pedestal. His shoes, the only part of the statue that are accessible, do not appear to have been rubbed for luck.

Jimmy Stewart Statue

Indiana County Courthouse

Address:
825 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA
Directions:
From US 119, take the exit toward Hwy 1004/286, two miles into town. Between 8th and 9th Sts on Philadelphia St. (Hwy 286), north side, in front of the Indiana County Courthouse.
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