James Dean

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At 5:45 on September 30, 1955 the world lost the iconic movie star James Dean but gained a timeless legend. Grant County, Indiana native James Dean made only three movies in his short life: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant, but the mark he made on an entire culture is his true legacy. James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana, in 1931 and grew up down the street in Fairmount. Celebrate his life during the annual James Dean Memorial Service and the Remembering James Dean Festival. Take photos of the three James Dean cut-out murals created by renowned muralist, John Cerney, in Fairmount and Marion.

Explore Fairmount, Indiana’s James Dean Trail

Download a map of the James Dean Landmarks Trail.

Explore the Fairmount Historical Museum, the James Dean Gallery, and the James Dean Birth Site Memorial year round. The original Hollywood rebel and legend not only left his mark on the world, but also in his hometown.  Tour the James Dean Landmarks Trail: see the motorcycle shop where Dean bought his first motorcycle, take a picture at the James Dean memorial downtown, visit Friends Church where his funeral was held, and be sure to leave a remembrance at James Dean’s headstone in Fairmount, Indiana’s Park Cemetery. Then cruise over to Marion, Indiana to see the James Dean Birth Site Memorial.

James Dean Museum

A historic landmark, the Museum was founded in 1975. Exhibits showcase authentic artifacts of hometown film star James Dean, Garfield cartoon creator Jim Davis, community history, and much more. $5 admission.  Children 17 and under free with paid adult admission.  Guided tours up to 50. Museum requests advance notice for large groups. Handicap accessible. Open …


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James Dean Birthsite Memorial

Legendary actor James Dean and his family lived in the House of Seven Gables that stood on this site when Dean was born on February 8, 1931.  This timeless memorial honors the star and the many accomplishments he made during his all too short acting career.  Take a moment to reflect, pay homage, and honor …

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James Dean Gallery

The James Dean Gallery features a collection of Dean portraits and rare memorabilia, including hometown artifacts, collectibles, magazines and more.  Visitors from around the globe visit the Gallery to pay homage to 50’s film icon James Dean.  Don’t forget to stop in and browse at the Rebel Rebel gift shop for one of a kind …


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James Dean Memorial Park

This pocket park and green space is the perfect spot for quiet reflection about the short life and many accomplishments of James Byron Dean, the Hollywood icon. Sit for a moment and view the bust created by Los Angeles based artist Kenneth Kendall. One of the stops along the James Dean Landmark Trail.

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James Dean Cut-Out Murals

John Cerney, renowned muralist from Salinas, California, has created and installed three big  James Dean cut-out murals. The first mural is James Dean in his “rebel pose” located at the James Dean Gallery, 425 N. Main Street in Fairmount, Indiana. A second larger mural was installed in Marion on State Road 18 at the entrance …

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Park Cemetery

Park Cemetery in Fairmount, Indiana is the final resting place of James B. Dean, Hollywood legend and icon. Pay your respects at his tombstone.  Many leave behind a trinket as a memorial to this timeless actor who was taken too soon. Dean grew up in Fairmount and his burial site is just down the road …


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Rebel Rebel

A unique 1950’s and 1960’s collectible shop featuring a large selection of lamps, dishes, toys, ashtrays and ceramics. Collectibles from the 1950’s abound, and you’ll find an extensive collection of books relating to music, movies, television and the entertainment industry.

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Grant County

About Grant County

Grant County, Indiana, is home to nifty attractions, outtasight events and rebellious celebrities. Whether it’s saddle shoes, classic cars, vintage bikes, James Dean, or Garfield, we love everything classic and cool. Have a blast just 90 minutes North of Indy.

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