Indiana – October 2016 – Weekend to the Dunes

Located in the Indiana Dunes town of Beverly Shores exist five 1933 World’s Fair houses, where once a year they have tours during an open house. I managed to get tickets to one of the Saturday afternoon tours, but to make the 300 mile trip interesting we made a number of stops.

We left early enough on Friday to make it to Knightstown, Indiana around 4:30 PM, in time to visit the Hoosier Gym. Built in 1922 it served the local high school until the 1960s, but is most famous for being the home gym of the Hickory team in the movie Hoosiers. Restored to it’s 1952 look, they have retained that look ever since.

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The great thing is the gym is a rec center and anyone can come in and shoot some hoops, which we did. The older gentleman who worked there gave us a brief tour, then tossed us a ball and said ‘have fun’. It was great, but also a reminder I haven’t shot a basketball in many years.

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We made our way to Indianapolis where we went directly to the State Fairgrounds where there is a 1939 arena, recently refurbished with the naming rights sold to Indiana Farmers Insurance. We were there for a minor league hockey game, the Indianapolis Fuel. The arena currently seats a little over 6000, with the seating bowl pitched fairly steep, offering good views throughout.

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The game against Cincinnati was competitive, with the teams competing in the ECHL, with quite a bit of checking.

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As with most minor league teams their events during breaks were amusing. First up was a couple of competitors shooting for a small opening in a board in front of the goal, which a young boy managed to do, thrilling the crowd. The other event was the chuck a puck, only this time they had a washer set up on the ice, which took a beating, even from the soft rubber pucks.

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We arrived at our hotel to find it packed with University of Iowa football fans, as they had a game the next day in nearby Lafayette against Purdue. Also staying in the hotel was a sports team from Transylvania, Kentucky, the Transylvania Pioneers. The following morning we had breakfast amongst the Iowa fans, as well as seeing them on the freeway as we were going past Lafayette as well.

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We had a few stops planned on the way to the dunes, the first being a train themed restaurant called the Whistle Stop in Monon, Indiana. The grounds outside had a number of restored train cars, as well as an old train depot. Inside they had a display of lanterns but wanted $10 to view a small room, so we passed.

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Next up was Kerstings Cycles outside the small Indiana town of Winemac. The elderly owner, Jim, had just arrived as we did. While he may move slowly he was passionate about his collection of more than 100 vintage motorcycles. He boasts there are no duplicates, and that he has everything from an Ariel to a Zundapp.

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He has the bikes grouped together, American bikes, German bikes, British bikes, and others. In addition in the back room he has a number of old cars, including an old Rolls Royce.

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Along with the bikes and cars, there is a large collection of posters, mannequins in motorcycle clothing and toys.

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Finally we arrived at Indiana Dunes State Park, which is next door to the Dunes National Lakehore. I am not sure why they don’t combine the parks, but you end up paying for the state park, and would pay a second time for the National Lakeshore, except we had our pass.

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Since we had a couple of hours to kill before our tour we went to the State Park and took a hike up and down the dunes until we reached the lakeshore. The dunes themselves are mostly covered in trees and underbrush, which surprised us as we were expecting giant open dunes like at Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan.

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Once at the shore you have a great view out over the greenish blue waters of Lake Michigan, but you also had the industrial view just to the west of the steel mills of Gary. The day was somewhat hazy so you could barely make out the Chicago skyline 30 miles away across the southwest corner of the lake.

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After we returned to our car we made our way to the National Lakeshore visitor center to sign in and catch the bus for our tour of the homes. Over 70 years of wind, sand, and surf have battered the five World’s Fair houses located along Lake Front Drive in Beverly Shores, but their uniqueness has weathered the elements. With the theme of a Century of Progress, the houses were built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair to demonstrate modern architectural design, experimental materials, and new technologies such as central air conditioning and dishwashers.

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Four of the houses were brought to the dunes by barge in 1935 by real estate developer Robert Bartlett. The Cypress Log Cabin was dismantled at the fair and moved by truck. Bartlett hoped that the high profile houses would entice buyers to his new resort community of Beverly Shores. Today the houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The houses have been leased to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Through this organization, private individuals or families have leased the homes for 30 years with the agreement they must rehabilitate them, normally at a costs over a million dollars.

The first home we went into was the Armco Ferro home, which is noted as the only one of the houses to meet the criteria set by the Fair Committee of building an affordable and mass producible home. This house was made out of Cleveland steel using corrugated steel panels for walls.

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Next door is the House of Tomorrow, which was designed with its own airplane hangar. It’s orgininal design had glass walls throughout, however this home is the only one still not refurbished. When we were there it was definitely a construction zone, and it appeared they have a long ways to go.

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The last home on the dune side of the street is the Cypress Log Cabin, sponsored by the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association, to promote the use of cypress in construction. Today the harvesting of cypress trees is prohibited, so when the owners were doing their rehab work, they had to locate old cypress wood and reuse it on their project.

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Across the street is the Florida Tropical House. Designed for the southern Florida tropics, the house combines the indoors and outdoors into the living space. Large open terraces and a flamingo pink paint scheme stand out. The owners were home, and took great joy in describing their rehab effort, bringing it back to it’s original beauty. Situated on the lakefront the view both inside and out are fantastic.

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The final house was framed in steel and originally clad with an artificial stone called Rostone (Limestone, shale and alkali). Its Rostone exterior was billed as never needing repairs, but it only lasted until the 1950s. The exterior of this home was completed, but the interior was still being worked on by an eccentric old guy who chain smoked the entire time we were there.

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The highlight of this house was the Ferrari in the garage. Our tours done, with sunset coming, we made our way to Valparaiso where we spent the night.

The next morning was rainy and cool, and we had the long drive back to Columbus. The plans for this day were to hit some Roadside America sites along the way.

First up was a restored Mobil Gas Station in Plymouth, Indiana

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Next up – Mentone, Indiana and the worlds largest egg – or more appropriately a concrete model of an egg

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Continuing across Indiana we stopped in Huntington to see some college professors collection of outdoor toilets….

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Ossian, Indiana gave us a silo painted like a minion.

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Finally we stopped at the Allen County Museum in Lima Ohio, where they had a hearse collection, some beautiful wooden model houses, a locomotive, and a collection of items a doctor pulled out of peoples throats over the years.

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Also here was a mock up of the jail cell that John Dillinger spent time in.

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Of note is their collection of quartz and other stones and minerals.

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All in all a great weekend.

Detroit and Beyond – August 2016 – A Weekend of Spectacular Automobiles

 

Sometimes it seems we get on a theme for a period of time, and I realize we often find events with wheels, but the third weekend in August was the best weekend of automobiles we have had. The main event of the weekend was to go to Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise. We had been to this a few years earlier passing through, but this year I wanted to spend the day checking out the events.

We left Columbus before dawn, arriving in downtown Detroit by 9 AM. Most of the cruise takes place in suburban Oakland County, but I had read that the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant had an event the day of the cruise. The Piquette Avenue Plant is a museum in the second home of Ford, and is known as the birthplace of the Model T. It is the oldest automobile factory building in the world open to the public, and has been open as a museum since 2001. On this day they were going to have a cruise of classic cars up Woodward through the city to Oakland County.

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As I drove up in my Audi S5 to the front of the factory the attendant said ‘are you cruising with us today’? When I commented that I thought it was for classic cars, he said mine was easily cool enough to come along, which of course brought a smile to my face. But still initially we parked in a vacant lot across the street (being inner city Detroit there are many vacant lots), crossed the street where we signed in, and followed a lady inside to see the factory. Little did I realize we were going to start out on a freight elevator, the same elevator that took finished Model T’s out a hundred years earlier!

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Already mesmerized we walked out onto the old wooden floors to see a large collection of Model Ts, Model As and others displayed down the production floor. For a car guy this was like being where the telephone, radio and television were perfected, only all in 1 place! I stood there imagining what it would’ve been like full of machinery, noisy and smelly, but re-inventing the world as we now know it. In addition to the vehicles the museum did a great job of displaying photos and other artifacts explaining the production there.

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On the third level were even more cars represented, this time from various periods including a 1964 Mustang and a early 2000s reproduction GT.

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As we left the building the attendants again asked if I was coming along – of course. The parking lot was filled with American muscle, from hot rods to tricked out Mustangs, as well as a few old Model Ts, which were honored to lead the parade. The Detroit Police had been contracted to lead the parade and off we went, all these classic American with my German ‘hot rod’.

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The drive up Woodward goes through much of what most people think of Detroit, blocks upon blocks of vacant lots or burned out buildings. But we also passed a couple of really nice looking neighborhoods. As we drove everyone walking along the street would wave, shout and take pictures because very few of the cars in town would come into this area.We had as much fun as they did, taking photos of the neighborhoods, going through every red light (probably a good thing), until we reached the edge of town and joined the rest of the Woodward Cruise crowd.

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As we continued north our parade did a U turn and went through Palmer Park. As we drove it seemed more cars joined in. Once you reached Ferndale the street becomes 4 lanes each way with a huge median strip for those Michigan left turns (U turns). From this point there was a traffic jam for 10 miles, but one of the best looking traffic jams you will ever see.

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The Woodward Dream cruise has no rules about who can and can’t drive up and down the street, so you get a mix of about 70% cruisers and 30% your normally frumpy Honda just trying to go to the grocery store. The cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union.

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Every parking lot was having some sort of event, Chrysler had a Mopar display in a shopping center, Ford had Mustang Alley down 9 Mile Road. With the afternoon getting late and rain coming in we decided to move on, but not for home as we had more cars planned for the next day.

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Leaving Detroit through the southeastern Michigan countryside, we eventually stopped in Angola Indiana for the night, stopping briefly on some country road to stand where Michigan, Indiana and Ohio come together.

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The next morning we made our way to Auburn, Indiana, first touring the National Auto and Truck Museum. This museum is in some of the remaining production buildings of the Auburn Automobile, including the Service and New Parts Building, and the L-29 Cord Building.

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The Service and Parts building, built in 1923, was used for test – driving automobiles, factory service and distribution of parts to distributors and dealers all over the world. The L29 building was built in 1928-29 for assembly and storage before shipping, and was innovative in it’s use of skylights that opened to provide ventilation.

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Also here is an extensive toy and model cars and trucks display from the 1800s to present day. In the lower level in an extensive truck display include a custom built GM vehicle called the Futurliner,  one of 12 large dual-front wheeled display vehicles that crisscrossed the country in the early 1950’s, part of a General Motors promotion called the Parade of Progress.

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Next door is the beautiful Auburn, Cord, Dusenberg Museum. This building functioned as the Corporate offices as well as an extensive showroom, with the showroom section exceeding even the Packard Museum in Dayton for a stunning display of automotive brilliance. Never have I seen more beautiful cars in a magnificent setting.

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The upper level feature more of the 3 brands over the years. The Dusenberg’s particularly were stunning cars with their long hoods and art deco feel. The upper level also houses the design studios that were used, complete with some of the original desks and designs. This museum and these automobiles truly are works of art, highly recommended to anyone who appreciates either.

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As we made our way to our last stop of the day we passed through Fairmount, Indiana, home of James Dean. They play it up, as most towns do their famous sons or daughters, but in the end it is just a simple little town in the middle of cornfields.

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Finally we reached the small town of Alexandria, Indiana where we had an afternoon of watching go cart racing through the streets of the town. These small karts can hit speeds of 80 MPH down the 3 block long straights.

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There were a number of classes for both adults and kids, with the racing close and fast. But you can only have so much fun over two days with things with wheels, and ours came to an end, so we headed off for the 3 hour drive back to Columbus.

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Indianapolis – July 2015 – The Art of Wheels and Wings

The weekend of July 18th and 19th found us in Indianapolis for more things with engines. Our first event was the The Gathering of the Faithful, a loose coalition of independent MG clubs and state chapters of MG owners located in the central United States. Each Year a different state club sponsors a regional Gathering of the Faithful of MG cars. This year it was held at an airport in Carmel, Indiana.

While it was billed as Wheels and Wings, there were only a couple of airplanes there, but the ones that were present, were beautiful. The airplanes and the majority of the cars were from the 1930s-1950s.

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In addition, the owners of the cars were very friendly, much more so than most car shows. They loved to talk about their cars, the histories, and how they obtained, restored and maintained them. One of the MGs was decorated as a plane, with wings and a rear stabilizer.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (known colloquially as the IMA) is located on a 152-acre campus on the near northwest area outside downtown Indianapolis. The IMA is the ninth oldest and eighth largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States.The permanent collection comprises over 54,000 works, including African, American, Asian, and European pieces.

While I enjoy art museums, the main reason I wanted to visit was the exhibit Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, which featured rare concept cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century, that showcased some of the most unique vehicles ever created by top names in the automotive field. Along with conceptual drawings and scale models, the exhibition explores the evolution of revolutionary automobile design that pushed the limits of the imagination and shaped the future of the industry. Dream Cars features both American and European concept car designs.

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The experimental, concept, or “dream” car has long been a dynamic tool that allows designers to showcase and demonstrate forward-thinking automotive design ideas. Concept cars were not vehicles the public typically could purchase, but rather the testing ground for innovations that might find expression in automobiles produced years, or even decades, later. This exhibition explored the groundbreaking designs that sparked ideas of future possibility and progress.

It examined the dream car through five themes: independent makers, the impact of styling, the Motorama and the rise of the dream car, the influence of automobile shows, and the role of concept cars today.

Arriving on the second floor you were greeted by the Rocket Car. With features reminiscent of a delta wing fighter jet, the Firebird 1 originally taxied into the 1954 General Motors Motorama as the 1954 XP-21 Firebird concept

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Just a precursor of what was to come, but it was amazing. I was like a kid at Christmas. As you entered the main exhibit area you found The Voisin C-25 Aérodyne and the Bugatti Type 57 Compétition Coupé Aerolithe, two of the earliest examples. Their curvilinear shapes set them apart from the boxy car design predominant at the time.

Easily one of the most unique vehicles there was a 1936 Scout Scarab. Some people call it the very first minivan, but that  hardly does the Stout Scarab justice. Built without compromise for the fortunate few who could afford the $5,000 price of admission in 1934 (roughly the equivalent of $87,000 today), the Scarab boasted innovative features like fenders incorporated into the body, deleted running boards, rear wheel skirts, hidden hinges and flush glass, all meant to optimize airflow and reduce wind noise.

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After spending a good hour reviewing the remaining concept cars, including the Chrysler Thunderbolt and the Streamline X “Gilda” we headed out to see the rest of the museum, initially going outside for the gardens and the Lilly house. After the cars the gardens and the house, with it’s silver exhibitions seemed blasé

Returning to the main museum we toured the African art section, which had literally hundreds of intricately carved masks and statues. The IMA was well laid out, with the display situated with lighting and glass that was conducive to photography, which lead to me coming home with hundreds of great photos.

 The IMA showcases, through innovative displays, one of the nation’s largest and most significant collections of Asian art. More than 400 works of art in the gallery provide a panorama of more than 4,000 years of Asian art from China, Japan, Korea, India, Tibet, and West and Southeast Asia. The collection includes Chinese art, including ancient bronze ritual vessels, jades, ceramics, textiles and paintings, a Japanese section that features one of the finest collections of Edo-period painting in the U.S., and one of the world’s finest collections weavings by the Baluchi people of Iran and Afghanistan—one of the world’s finest such collections—are on display.

The contemporary collection includes outstanding examples of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Minimalism, Op and Pop Art, installation art, and video and light-based works. The top level included some ‘art’ that made no sense at all, a large wall with a black dot painted on it, etc.

Finally it was nearly closing time, and as we were leaving I decided to go through the Dream Cars one more time, and to my delight I had 15 minutes of the place to ourselves. What a wonderful opportunity to get even more photographs without people in the way.

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The custom car show at the fairgrounds was amazing with all of the cars, and the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village show was equally amazing, but these 19 cars, without a doubt, were the coolest cars in one place. I doubt I ever top it for the content and displaying of automobiles.

The next morning, we went to downtown Indianapolis and toured the area around Monument Circle. The Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a 284  foot high neoclassical monument in the centerpiece of Monument Circle, a circular, brick-paved street that intersects Meridian and Market streets in the center of downtown Indianapolis. The monument is the first in the United States to be dedicated to the common soldier. The monument’s original purpose was to honor soldiers from Indiana who were veterans of the Civil War; however, it is also a tribute to Indiana’s soldiers who served during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican-American War and the Spanish-American War. It is surrounded by the tallest buildings in Indianapolis.

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After a brief visit to the Indiana State Capital we drove out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to visit the IMS Museum. The museum rotates a display of over 75 cars at any given time. Due to considerable space restraints, only a small portion of the total collection can be displayed. Many cars are stored in the invitation-only basement, or at separate off-site facilities.

The collection includes over thirty Indy 500 winning cars, various other Indy Cars, and several racing cars from other disciplines. Other items on display include trophies, plaques, racing paraphernalia such as helmets, gloves, and driver’s suits. A collection of models, photographs, toys, and paintings are also for view. One display exhibits a timeline of scoring devices.

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Any other time this would’ve been the highlight of the trip, but after yesterday’s Dream Cars it was just a cool side trip. The workers at the Museum were huge racing fans, and very knowledgeable. The day we were there a tour bus with Brazilian tourists came in, adding to the atmosphere, since while the Indy 500 is the epitome of an American event, more often than not it has been won by drivers from all over the world, including a number of Brazilians.

The displays give an excellent understanding of the development of the race car over the years. How they didn’t kill more people in the 1930s and 1940s cars is beyond me, since they learned how to get the speed but the safety features are nonexistent.

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Not far from the speedway is the former Indianapolis baseball stadium, Bush Stadium. When they completed the new retro stadium in downtown Indianapolis this field was slated to be torn down. Thanks to some ingenious people the stadium was saved and redeveloped into apartments, called the Stadium Lofts.

I know if I had to live in Indianapolis I would want to live here. Even the bus stop keeps with the theme as they used some of the seating for the bus stop seats.

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As we started to the east to return to Ohio we diverted slightly to the city of Muncie, Indiana, home of, among many things, the National Model Aviation Museum.

Part of the mission of this museum is remember and care for aero-modeling history through preserving the physical legacy of the sport. This means that the Museum collects three-dimensional objects relating to aero-modeling that help convey the story, evolution, and importance of the modeling experience. They have about 9,000 artifacts in our collection, including model airplanes, radio systems, engines, building tools and equipment, and memorabilia such as patches, stickers and clothing.

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The museum is located on the extensive grounds of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, with hundreds of acres of flying fields for model airplane enthusiasts. The day there were a number of people flying planes, situated in small groups staying in massive RVs with out of state plates.

Our final stop of the day was in Wapokaneta, Ohio, at the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum. The museum highlights Ohio’s contributions to the history of space flight. Among the items on display are an Skylancer, Gemini 8 spacecraft, Apollo 11 artifacts and a moon rock.

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The museum is also home to two full-size aircraft, including the very airplane in which Neil Armstrong learned to fly.

Favorite Photos 2004-2014

Trier, Germany – February 27, 2006 – Imperial Baths

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Cleveland – December 27, 2010 – Frozen Pier on Lake Erie

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Louisville – October 27, 2013 – Foggy Ohio River Bridge

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Pittsburgh – June 28, 2008 – PNC Park

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Cleveland – June 15, 2009 – Progressive Field

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Columbus, Indiana – October 25, 2013 – Cummins Engines Corporate Office

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska – July 9, 2012 – Scotts Bluff National Monument

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Clermont, Kentucky – October 26, 2013 – Jim Beam Factory Tour

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Marblehead, Ohio – August 09, 2014 – Sandusky Bay & Cedar Point

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Cleveland – August 2, 2007 – Jacobs Field Restaurant

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Arapahoe Basin, Colorado – June 20, 2010

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Augusta, Georgia – April 10, 2013 – The Masters

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Pittsburgh – January 28, 2012 – Bill Mazeroski Statue

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Mansfield, Ohio – June 2, 2012 – Shawshank Redemption Prison Tour (Ohio Reformatory)

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Fayette County, Pennsylvania – October 9, 2011 – Kentuck Knob

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Pittsburgh – August 2004 – Kennywood Park

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Cambridge, Massachusetts – June 22, 2012 – Charles River

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Outside of Barstow, California – March 14, 2012 – Route 66

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South Bend, IN – August, 2014 – Studebaker Museum

For a break on a drive from Chicago to Cleveland, we took a tour of the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana. 

The museum, part of a complex with the South Bend History Museum, has three levels telling the history of Studebaker, and the relevance to the town. While I always thought of Studebakers as frumpy cars from the 1950s, the company did indeed produce some classic cars in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as a number of trucks. In fact, they started out making wagons in the pre automobile days.

A few of the best….

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Columbus, IN – October 2013 – Architecture Tour

The small city of Columbus, Indiana is known for the depth and breadth of modern architecture and public art. This amazing collection is due to Irwin Miller, the 2nd CEO of Cummins, a diesel engine manufacturer.

Miller initially paid the architects fees if the firm select came from a list he approved. First used for schools, it was later expanded to other non profit and civic organizations.

The Cummins Headquarters is a fine example.

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The interior is impressive as well with engines displayed from the ceiling detailing the components

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The visitor center has an impressive glass art display as well.

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An impressive sculpture adorns the center of a boulevard.

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The local newspaper office.

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City Halls curved glass wall provides numerous interesting reflections.

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A ‘Gizmo’ in the local mall.

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The Miller House and Garden was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957. Unfortunately interior photography was prohibited.

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Southern Illinois & Missouri – 2012 Road Trip – Day 2 – Drive to St Louis

Our morning started out cruising around downtown Indianapolis, and the surrounding neighborhoods. The highlight is Monument Circle, the center of the city

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After a brief tour of downtown Indianapolis Saturday morning we continued west. I had researched enough to find something to do every couple of hours throughout the trip, and our first stop of the day was in Terre Haute, at a ‘midget racing’ museum called World of Wheels. It was however, closed. Good news was the entire place had large windows across the front so we could see all of the cars.

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A short time later we were crossing into Illinois. The best thing I could say about Indiana was I was glad to be past, as they must lead the nation in left lane drivers getting in the way (at least I thought at that point).

Next up – Effingham, Illinois and the MY Garage Museum at the Mid America Motorworks’ facilitiy. The center houses literally thousands of pieces of automotive collectibles and memorabilia.

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The facility also showcases an actual 1910 gas station that was moved and restored on site as well as a brick wall from the Corvette Factory in St Louis. In addition they had a Herbie Beetle and a couple of giant fiberglass cows painted in automotive motif.

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A couple more hours brought us to the St Louis area and the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

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The bridge was used by Route 66 to cross over the Mississippi River. Its most notable feature is a 22-degree bend occurring at the middle of the crossing. Originally a motor route, the bridge now carries walking and biking trails over the river. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

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The bridge’s name comes from a large shoal, or rocky rapids, called the Chain of Rocks, which made that stretch of the Mississippi extremely dangerous to navigate

The day we were there a motorcycle club was permitted to cross, doing so as we were walking across. I could just imagine old Model A’s on their way to California chugging across.

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From here we headed down the Illinois side of the river to go to St Louis, being careful to avoid East St Louis. Once in town we stopped at our hotel, a Drury in downtown St Louis, to drop off the bags and take a break from the 109-degree heat before heading to the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

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Founded in 1859 it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in America, and a center for research and education. The day we were there they were having a Chinese Lantern display, only the lanterns were massive (and beautiful).

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We spent hours in the oppressive heat walking the grounds. It was easily one the best, if not the best botanical gardens we have ever seen.

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Located nearby in the Delmar Loop neighborhood is Blueberry Hill, a landmark St Louis restaurant and music club which Chuck Berry performed every third Wednesday of the month from 1996 until 2014.

Outside the restaurant is the St Louis Walk of Fame. The Walk lines the sidewalks on both sides of Delmar, and is made up of bronze stars and informative biographical plaques honoring individuals from the St. Louis area who have made major national contributions to US cultural heritage.

Across the street is a statue of the man himself, Chuck!

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Nearby in the Central West End neighborhood we found old mansions very near sketchy neighborhoods, but they were in areas surrounded by gates, or large pots blocking the through streets to create a gated neighborhood.

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Forest Park is public park in the western park of St Louis. The park, which opened in 1876, more than a decade after its proposal, has hosted several significant events, including the Louisiana Purchase and the 1904 Summer Olympics. The park is known as the “heart of St. Louis” and features a variety of attractions, including the St Louis Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center, and the Missouri History Center.

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While in the park we visited the World’s Fair Pavilion.  Located on Government Hill, the Pavilion opened in 1910 as a gift from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Committee; it helped fulfill their promise to restore the park after the 1904 World’s Fair.

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Taking the Lindell Boulevard back downtown we passed numerous mansions, followed shortly by St Louis University.