Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Showers Brothers furniture company

image number:

P0020056

description:

After the 1910 U.S. Census, the U.S. government determined that the exact center of population for the United States was located at Bloomington. Specifically at the main Showers Brothers Furniture factory. The Showers Brothers took advantage of this distinction, erecting a marker in front of the building and declaring themselves to be "The center of the universe" in advertising.

The marker was moved by the city to the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse after the factory was closed in 1955.

date taken:

1910

accession number:

6043

building name:

Showers Brothers Company

corporate name:

Showers Brothers Company

topic:

Exterior

topic:

Bloomington (Downtown & General Street Scenes)

topic:

Furniture industry

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Buildings & Grounds