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Mitchell Indiana

Gus Grissom's home town is Mitchell, IN, about an hour and a half south of Indianapolis.

The main attractions, from a 60s Space Race perspective, are the Grissom Memorial in the Spring Mill State Park, which houses the Gemini 3 spacecraft, Grissom's Gemini 3 suit, Grissom's Mercury helmet, and related Gemini and Apollo artifacts; and the Grissom Monument, in downtown Mitchell, which is located on the site of Gus' former grade school (aerial view). A road near the monument is named after Grissom.

The interior of the Grissom Memorial underwent renovation from the end of 2008 until April 2009 and was "officially rededicated" on July 18 as part of the park's annual "Grissom Day" celebration; I have photos from both before and after the renovation.

The Memorial appears to have been renovated at least once before; for a picture of Gemini 3 (aka the Molly Brown) prior to either of the renovations of which I have pictures, see my vintage Molly Brown page.

Aerial view.

As of now, I have not yet sorted through all of my pictures of Mitchell, but some other page references this location. Thus, this is a "place holder" version right now, with only the pictures actually referenced. Come back some time later to see if I've finished up, or drop me an email to request me to prioritize the rest of these pictures.

 
Mitchell Indiana
Mitchell Indiana
Grissom Monument
Grissom Monument
Grissom Memorial
Grissom Memorial
Awards
Awards
School Artifacts
School Artifacts
Purdue Artifacts
Purdue Artifacts
Gemini Artifacts
Gemini Artifacts
Grissom: Pilot
Grissom: Pilot

Grissom Mercury Helmet
Gemini 3
Gemini 3
Gemini 3 Command Pilot's Hatch
Gemini 3 Command Pilot's Hatch

Grissom Gemini 3 Suit