ALAMO — When you go, what do you hope to leave behind so people remember?
Joseph M. Willis, a patent medicine maker near the turn of the 20th century and a man a newspaper of his day concluded was “peculiar to the extreme,” had an idea about that.
If you’re heading the back way from Lafayette to Shades State Park, past where Indiana 25 ends and southern Montgomery County roads take over, it’s hard to miss what he had in mind.
In the Alamo Cemetery — 38 miles south of Lafayette, on Montgomery County Road 400 South, just east of this secluded, four-square-block town — the 37-foot monument Willis demanded in his will cuts a striking view. The obelisk on a Hoosier back road dwarfs all around it. On 60 tons of Barre granite shaped in New York, the only inscriptions are his name