When word got out that this western Indiana town would be named Brazil, they received a visit from the South American Country’s Brazilian ambassador. As an offering of friendship between the two geographically different Brazils, the ambassador offered the gift of a memorial fountain. Chafariz dos Contos is a structure located in Ouro Preto, Brazil. A replica of that fountain was dedicated in Brazil, Indiana in 1956, and the English translation for its name is the Fountain of Tales.
This Indiana attraction was made entirely from Portugal-sculpted granite. It was built by sculptor Tito Bernucci. A friendly plaque adorns the fountain, telling visitors that the Baroque-style fountain was a gift from the Republic of Brazil. By the mid-1990s, the Fountain of Tales needed a face lift. A $30,000 restoration process began at Forest Park, and it looks great to this day. The Indiana park that holds this monument is a quaint picnic spot for a day trip from Indianapolis. Admission to the park is free, and it’s a relaxing spot to spend an afternoon.
The Fountain of Tales stands 26 feet tall and 40 feet long. It weighs in at a whopping 62 tons, and it’s mounted in a brick wall. The original Chafariz dos Contos was built in 1745, and it’s regarded as an artistic historic monument.
The Fountain of Tales can be seen along Indiana-59, or along I-70. It’s a must-see attraction that can coincide with other day trip destinations in the area. Clay County is close to the Illinois border and the Clabber Girl Museum in Terre Haute. Sullivan County is just a short drive from Brazil, and the Jame Todd Crawford Grave and Sullivan County Park can be found there. The Clay County Courthouse is just up the road from the Fountain of Tales, and it’s a must-see spot in the area. Admission to both Brazil attractions is absolutely free, and it’s only a short one-hour drive from Indianapolis.
Chafariz dos Contos a.k.a. Fountain of Tales