Museum working with Purdue on future plan

College students who have a train as a mascot will be helping an Indiana nonprofit that supports the history of railroads.

Through the city of Logansport, the Indiana Transportation Museum has begun working with the Marriott School of Hospital and Tourism Management at Purdue University. Mayor Dave Kitchell approached the school about the possibility of having its students determine a plan to establish a new permanent presence in Logansport.

“This is one way to harness some of the best and brightest students who are about to become part of the hospitality and tourism industry and to add value to an Indiana community through a land grant university,” Kitchell said Wednesday. “It’s of great benefit not only to the museum, but the city, and it comes at no cost to the city or the museum. We’re grateful for Purdue’s participation in this project.”

The ITM announced in 2017 at a Logansport press conference that it was moving to establish a presence here after nearly 60 years in Noblesville. Local officials there are moving forward with plans to transform the grounds where the museum had been into a pedestrian trail at Forest Park.

Previously, Purdue civil engineering students worked with Logansport officials to address downtown drainage problems. Teams of capstone students presented various plans for redevelopment of the block that includes the historic State Theatre. Purdue’s mascot is the Boilermaker Special, the largest college mascot in the United States, and a replica of a railroad steam engine.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell