Raoul Josset's model for one of the pylons to be placed on the Memorial Bridge

Shown is Raoul Josset’s model for one of the pylons that was placed on the Lincoln Memorial Bridge.

While it is likely that most local people have never heard of the sculptor Raoul Josset, hundreds of Indiana and Illinois drivers pass by two of his major works every day. It was Josset who carved the pylons featuring Native Americans that flank the Indiana approach to the Lincoln Memorial Bridge.

The totality of Raoul Jean Josset’s life and career is too extensive to be given here, but the outline is as follows. Josset was born in Fours, France, on Dec. 9, 1899. He was educated at the Lycee of Lyons and Paris and the Beaux Arts School in Paris. He fought with the French Army in the First World War and later served as an interpreter with the American Expeditionary Force. He worked in his native country, designing various memorials in the 1920s.

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