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Rocket mural of Mitchell.

Painting of the Gus Grissom Rocket Monument

Field review by the editors.

Mitchell, Indiana

Down the street from the Gus Grissom Rocket Monument, on the outer brick wall of a downtown building, is an ambitious mural that also honors Gus, one of the original seven NASA astronauts. We were told that the now-faded mural was painted by a local high school student. On a backdrop of a rippling American flag are a paddlewheel steamboat, a school bus, empty railroad tracks -- and the Gus Grissom Rocket Monument. Not a portrait of Gus, or the rocket blasting off into space, but of the limestone carving of the rocket -- which is within sight, only three blocks away.

Which, of course, makes it perfect. If Gus was still around, we know he'd appreciate it.

Note: in 2023, the mural is chipped and further faded... and ripe for a next-gen muralist Gus Grissom fan.

Also see: Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum

Painting of the Gus Grissom Rocket Monument

6th St., Mitchell, IN
Downtown, on the northwest corner of 6th and Main Sts.
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Gus Grissom Boyhood Home MuseumGus Grissom Boyhood Home Museum, Mitchell, IN - < 1 mi.
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Virgil I. Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom Memorial Museum, Mitchell, IN - 3 mi.
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