Alan White does not consider himself a photographer by any stretch of the imagination. But, his photo of a Montgomery County landmark will be the subject of the first-ever Montgomery County 500 piece puzzle.
White’s photograph of the Yountsville Woolen Mill was chosen from more than 40 entries in the new promotion sponsored by the Crawfordsville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and Comcast Communications.
“I never imagined I would ever have a photo as the subject of a puzzle,” White said. “I was pleasantly surprised to have my photo chosen.”
White has an keen interest in Montgomery County tourism as he and his wife, Barbara “Brookie” White, own the historic mill located by Sugar Creek just off S.R. 32W. The White family purchased the property in 2009 and have done a lot of work on it.
“I believe this project will be good in the development of our property and increase exposure for the mill along with the bed and inn,” White said.
White’s photos was taken from the east bank of Sugar Creek and exposes the northern half of the woolen mill, which was built in 1864. The mill was powered by a water turbine submerged under a dam next to the mill. A large gear can be seen protruding from the eastern wall in the winning photograph.
White, who graduated from Wabash College in 1960, has many interests. He not only was a dentist in Noblesville for a number of years, but he and Brookie owned a business in Westfield. Presently, White continues to work on restoring the Yountsville property and also teaches classical piano in a Carmel music studio.
Steve House, executive director of the Chamber, said the puzzle will measure 24 by 18 inches. Only 250 puzzles will be ordered, so it will be considered a limited edition.
House is pleased with the new promotion.
“This is something new for the Chamber and when Comcast joined the project it really became a no-brainer for us to try it,” House said. “We hope this project becomes an annual event and continues to grow in popularity.”
Comcast will purchase 200 puzzles to be used in its own promotion. Comcast plans to give away one puzzle per business that schedules a telecom check up with Comcast. Contact Mitch Farner, the Crawfordsville representative, at 317-448-0291 or via email at MichaelFarner@Cable.Comcast.Com.
Comcast Business Services Sale Manager Richard Wright was on hand for the announcement. White said his company was pleased to be a part of the Chambers’ promotion.
“When we heard about the project we saw it as a great way to help the community,” Wright said. “If someone is already a Comcast customer, those businesses can also receive a puzzle by giving us a referral that turns into an appointment.”
House said the remaining puzzles will be sold through the Chamber’s office. Puzzles are expected to be delivered this spring.
The announcement of the winning photograph was held at Athens of Indiana Arts Studios & Gallery. A display of the top eight photographs, including the winning photo, can be seen in the studio gallery.