On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan
Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old
Since the moving of Vulcan,
Oakland City, Indiana artist Bob Zasadny has restored the statue and the Museum
has constructed a new exhibit space.
The approximately nine and a half foot
tall metal statue has been returned as close to the original look as possible. Vulcan has had his anvil, hammer, and
shoes reconstructed, along with repairing one of his arms that was severely
The Vulcan statue's new exhibit space is in an area of the Museum that focuses on Evansville's history from 1812 through the turn of the 20th Century. The statue is complemented
by a plow made by Vulcan Plow, a photographic mural backdrop of downtown
Evansville in the late 1890s, and a limestone capped brick wall representing
the top of the building on First Street where he stood for almost 50 years.
Construction of this area was made possible through funding from former educator
and antiques expert James A. Sanders.
in circa 1888, the statue of Vulcan stood on the roof of Heilman Plow Works
(later known as Vulcan Plow), one of Evansville's largest manufacturing
companies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and husband of Venus, was later adopted as the
god of foundry and metalworking. Vulcan was the trademark of Heilman Plow
Today, the statue is an impressive reminder not only of Vulcan Plow
Company, but also of Evansville's industrial past.
Vulcan initially stood on the second floor ledge over the original office
doorway of Heilman in the 400 block of Northwest First Street. Later it was
moved to the roof of the new Vulcan Plow Company office building at the corner
of Northwest First and Ingle Streets. The statue remained there until 1957 when
the building was torn down.
The statue later stood in the family garden of Dr.
Frederick & Bertha Kiechle on Southeast First Street. It then went to the
Jim Sanders farm near New Harmony. Mr. Sanders subsequently donated Vulcan to
the Conrad Baker Foundation, later known as the Old Courthouse Preservative
Mullins Manufacturing Company made the hollow sheet metal statue Vulcan in Salem, Ohio. Mullins was famous for
its statues, and between 1880 and 1920 their artisans produced hundreds.
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