“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Claus in Spencer County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Mother Goose Land Train

Mother Goose Land Train Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, June 17, 2021
1. Mother Goose Land Train Marker
Inscription.  Mother Goose characters have delighted visitors since Santa Claus Land's opening in 1946. Originally located in individual dioramas, the concrete statues were relocated to span the route of thee Santa Claus land railroad in the 1950s to provide riders with a "fairyland" experience. The first set of statues was created by August Mack [1879-1947] of Bedford, Indiana. The current set is the work of Lewis Sorensen[1910-1985] of Santa Cruz, California. Other 1950-era Sorensen artwork still on display at Holiday World includes several murals and the Nativity scene.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1946.
Location. 38° 7.167′ N, 86° 54.739′ W. Marker is in Santa Claus, Indiana, in Spencer County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Christmas Boulevard (Indiana Route 162) and Indiana Route 245, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 452 E Christmas Blvd, Santa Claus IN 47579, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. America's Everyday Heroes (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct
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line); Santa Claus Land Railroad (about 800 feet away); Freedom Train (about 800 feet away); The Raven (about 800 feet away); David Turnham (1803-1884) (approx. 4 miles away); Snakeroot (approx. 4½ miles away); Dogwood Tree (approx. 4½ miles away); Boyhood Nature Trail (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Claus.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 12 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 8, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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