Indiana buying rustic site from ex-Gov. Whitcomb

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

ROME, Ind. (AP) - Former Indiana Gov. Edgar Whitcomb says he's his rustic land overlooking the Ohio River to the state because he wants the public to enjoy the site.

Gov. Mitch Daniels is to join the 95-year-old Whitcomb for a ceremony Friday in the Perry County town of Rome taking possession of the land.

Whitcomb was Indiana's Republican governor in 1969-73. He bought the Ohio River property in the 1990s and built three cabins there.
A Department of Natural Resources spokesman say the state is paying less than the $135,000 assessed value of the 144 acres. The Perry County assessor says the land could go for more than $20,000 an acre if Whitcomb sold it for development.

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