The city of Terre Haute, meaning ‘high land’, is the birthplace of the Coca-Cola bottle. It is located in Vigo county, Indiana, close to the state’s western boundary with Illinois and lies alongside the Wabash river around 75 miles west of Indianapolis. Terre Haute proclaimed itself as the capital of the Wabash Valley and is the home of the federal death row at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex. The city features a couple of museums and several parks.
Culture lovers visiting Terre Haute will be provided with a number of museums to visit, including the CANDLES Holocaust Museum, Vigo County Historical Society Museum, and the Children’s Science and Technology Museum in downtown; while Turman Art Gallery and Swope Art Gallery Museum also are community assets. The exceptional Farrington Grove historical district boasts over 800 buildings occupying an 80-square block.
Nature lovers will take pleasure in Terre Haute’s picturesque area parks; for instance Colette Park, Fairbanks Park, Deming Park and Dobbs Park, which present plentiful recreational options such as hiking, fishing, nature and cross-country ski trails. Nearby attractions include the Crawfordsville Ben-Hur Museum, Tippecanoe Battlefield, and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum: the museum’s name is the abbreviation for ‘Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors’ and allows no one to leave unimpressed.
Farrington Grove historical district: created in 1976 to teach people about the significance of Terre Haute’s ancient neighborhood, its history, architecture and preservation, this unique area houses more than 800 structures.
Vigo County Historical Society Museum: apart from a large selection of historical treasures in 12 rooms of history, the museum exhibits a huge collection of genuine Coca-Cola artifacts.
Tippecanoe Battlefield: this wooded area contains colorful displays on the history of the Battle of Tippecanoe and features hiking trails, picnic grounds, a nature center and artifacts of Native American and European cultures.