A historical marker to memorialize the late Governor Ralph Gates will be dedicated Tuesday (July 2nd) in Columbia City. The 37th Governor of Indiana was born in Columbia City in 1893.
He served as Governor of Indiana from 1945 to 1949. During his administration, state departments were created to address issues on revenue, flood control, veterans‘ affairs and traffic safety.
Additionally, he focused on education reform, development of Indiana’s highway system and industrial growth. Senator Jim Banks says the historical marker is a overdue honor for someone who played a major role not only in the Columbia City community, but in the state.
The ceremony will be at 1:15 p.m. on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.