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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

825 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA
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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