County Ties To The Railroads

DeKalb County has played a pretty significant role in America’s railway system. In fact, out of the nine communities in DeKalb, six of them have specific ties to the railroad.  Two of them (Ashley and Garrett) are even named after former Presidents of significant Railroad Companies during the early 20th century of America’s transportation history.

The town of Garrett, Indiana is named after John W. Garrett the President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company from 1858-1884. The town of Ashley, Indiana is named after Ossian D. Ashley the President of the Wabash Railroad from 1892-1902.

But Garrett was truly the railroad Town of DeKalb County.


The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad expanded its rail line through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Garrett would eventually become the center hub for the construction and maintenance of steam locomotives. With railway yards and shops spanning almost 90 acres, Garrett played an important part in America’s railway history.

201307141423B & O Railroad & Crew Garrett, Indiana.

The Capitol Limited was the Baltimore & Ohio’s flagship passenger train between New York City and Chicago, via Washington D. C. Currently, Capitol Limited is now one of two Amtrak trains connecting Washington D.C. to Chicago.

aireal-shot-of-yardhouseAerial View of Baltimore and Ohio Shops, Garrett.

Eventually with the popularity of diesel fuel usage for transporting tonnage in the 1950s, the demand for steam locomotives diminished. Ultimately the once bustling yard houses and shops in Garrett were demolished leaving only memories of the past.

However, there is still a living memory from the past you can visit and that is the Garrett Historical Society Railroad Museum which is housed in the original renovated 1901 B&O Freight House.

To learn more about the history of Garrett, or railroads in DeKalb County visit  The Willennar Genealogy Center , Garrett Historical Society  or Indiana Genealogy  Website.


Images courtesy of the William H. Willennar Genealogy Center, a service of Eckhart Public Library. Publisher.


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The Newest Addition at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

One of the first things you see when you walk up the grand staircase at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is the front end of a lustrous red 1948 Tucker automobile.  The museum currently has the 1948 Tucker on display courtesy of John W. Schuler from Aurora, Indiana. The Tucker was deemed “The Car of Tomorrow” and was the vision of Preston Henry Tucker. The futuristic body design was styled by the former Auburn Automobile Company designer Alex Tremulis.

When the company stopped production in 1948, the Tucker was only partially finished and had to be produced using remaining left over parts in the factory.  Only 51 Tuckers were built but this particular model is considered number 52. It has a 6-cylinder rear-mounted engine and a Cord Transmission. It weighs in at 4,235 pounds with a horsepower of 166.15676385_10154194031873597_3397078066095149879_o

Interestingly, the Tucker was also the subject for the 1988 film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”, which was based on the real trials and tribulations of Preston Tucker’s production and marketing of the car.

The 1948 Tucker may be a car of the past but when you see this beauty in person you will understand why this car was considered one of the most advanced post-war automobiles of its time.

Stop by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum to see this 1948 Tucker which will be on display until April 15, 2017.

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The Museums in DeKalb County, Indiana

DeKalb County, Indiana, known as the “Hub of Transportation Heritage,” has many treasures to be discovered and experienced by residents and visitors alike. If you stop into the Visitors Bureau, or do a little searching on your own, you will find the many exciting and fun happenings in the area!

One of DeKalb County‘s most incredible features in this quaint, Northeast Indiana community are the nine museums in the area! The rich history that DeKalb County encompasses is one of the key reasons individuals and groups thoroughly enjoy visiting and continue to come back.

History and memorabilia surrounding automobiles, aircraft, military, railroad, farming and county subjects will allow visitors to the museums an in depth look into the past.

An excellent option for those wanting to visit many (or all) of the museums is a passport that can be found at any of the museums. This passport provides discounts to each museum following the regular admission price at the first museum!

The nine museums, in addition to the other landmarks, restaurants, shopping, recreation & events, will provide the public with activities to make their stay extremely enjoyable.

With the winter months quickly approaching, some of the museums in the area will be changing hours or closing for the season. Please take a look at each museum’s hours listed below and share with friends and family to spread word of these temporary modifications!

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

  • Hours: Monday- Friday, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM  ;   Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

National Auto & Truck Museum

  • Hours: Monday- Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Winter Hours (December 1st- March 1st) Thursday & Friday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM ;  Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 to 5:00 PM

National Military History Center   //   Kruse Automotive & Carriage Museum

  • Hours: Monday- Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum

  • Hours: Monday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM ; Tuesday- Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Hoosier Air Museum

  • Hours: Wednesday- Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Winter Hours: Closed December 15th to March 15 (Large Groups welcome by appointment)

Garrett Historical Railroad Museum

  • Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Winter Hours: Closed October to May (Opens Memorial Day- September)

Garrett Museum of Art

  • Hours: Friday, 5:00 to 8:00 PM ; Saturday, 4:00 to 7:00 PM ;  Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

DeKalb County Horsemen’s Draft Animal Museum

  • Hours: Open on Weekends, 1:00 PM to 4:00 pm, unless scheduled event is taking place
  • Winter Hours: Closed November- April (Opens again May- October)

DeKalb County History Museum

  • Hours: Friday & Saturday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Winter Hours: Closed October through April (Opens May- September)
Make sure to visit for more information on each museum and a Calendar of Events going on in DeKalb County, Indiana!
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October Festivities in DeKalb County, Indiana



October has arrived, and it’s a busy time in DeKalb County, full of fun events for family and friends to enjoy during the adored fall season in Indiana.

Below, we have complied a list of the events to mark on your calendars, as we know they will be enjoyed by all who attend! Since October is arguably one of the most beautiful months of the year, what better way to take advantage than to head outdoors for one of these numerous events? The listed activities being held inside are also perfect to embrace Halloween time and have some fun!

Be sure to visit our website,, for a Calendar of Events to see other happenings coming up in the future! It is a great tool for making plans in DeKalb County, Indiana! 

We hope to see you at some of these Fall & Halloween themed festivities taking place within the DeKalb County area during the month of October:

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The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay to stop in DeKalb County!


This year, the state of Indiana has been busy celebrating! Rightfully so, as 2016 marks the 200th birthday of the Hoosier state! One very much anticipated aspect of the yearlong commemoration has been the Bicentennial Torch Relay. This festivity began on September 9th and continues to get closer to its stop in DeKalb County each day!

The Torch Relay will be passing through each of the 92 counties in Indiana, and covering 3,200 miles! Regular updates on their 5-week journey through the counties can be found on the Torch Relay’s Twitter, Facebook page, and the route is shown on!

The Relay will make its way through DeKalb County on Saturday, October 1st! This date also happens to be the last day of the 85th Annual DeKalb County Free Fall Fair! Spectators can anticipate an Indiana Bicentennial Torch Presentation on the west side of the Courthouse square during the fair festivities!


This “Cauldron Lighting Ceremony” will begin at 7:00 PM and includes guest speakers from the community and state: Norm Yoder, Mayor of Auburn; Don Grogg, DeKalb County Commissioner President; Ben Smaltz, State Representative; and Dennis Kruse, State Senator.

To learn more, visit and see the exciting details and information of the Torch Relay process!

For more on the 85th Annual DeKalb County Free Fall Fair, stop by the Visitors Bureau for a brochure or visit!

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Fall Fun Has Arrived!


The summer months are officially behind us and now we look forward to the much anticipated Indiana fall activities! One in particular is going on their 6th season of providing friends & family with an abundance of fun all season long.

The Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, in Waterloo, began this exciting and creative journey in 2010, and has gained more exposure and success with every year that has passed! Amazing Fall Fun does not stick with the “traditional” corn maze with connected lines only. Their mazes consist of traditional paths AND an incredible image created out of the field each year. Now, residents and visitors of the area patiently (or impatiently) wait for the next season’s featured corn maze image!

6 years ago, Amazing Fall Fun highlighted a Duesenberg automobile as their first maze. From there, they created mazes with an image of Johnny Appleseed, Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colt’s QB), Pat McAfee (Indianapolis Colt’s Punter), and last year, the maze featured the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

The popular Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch recently released its Season 6 corn maze, and it has caused lots of excitement, as it will highlight the Fort Wayne Tincaps, Komets, and Majic 95.1 radio station.


The best part of all: you, your family and friends no longer have to wait for the Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch to open! The festivities will begin at 6:00 PM on September 16th  until  October 31st!

These fall activities are perfect for a weekend outing, and will also be featuring a newly implemented Horror Trail for spooky fun! Not only can you enjoy the very popular corn maze and pumpkin patch, but visitors can add to their fun with Hay Rides, Hay Mountain, Corn Hole, and so much more!

Have you ever wondered how the corn maze is designed and created each year? It involves quite a bit of precision and skill. Take a look at this YouTube video that Amazing Fall Fun posted to explain more of the process! It is truly fascinating!

Make sure to check back in with our blog for more fun happenings in DeKalb County, Indiana! Also, visit for more details, and to see more fall fun coming to the area! Purchase tickets ahead of time online and save money per ticket by using a code found on their website!

WHEN: September 16th October 31st, 2016

WHERE: 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo, Indiana 46793

TIME: Friday, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Saturday, 12:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Sunday, 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM

COST: $9.00 (13+), $7.00 (4-12), 3 & Under FREE

CONTACT: Phone (260) 333-2302   |  Email:

NOTE: No pets are allowed (service animals are an exception)

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Auburn Fall: Collector Car Auction & Tradition



Each year, Auctions America gives us an incredible event during Labor Day Weekend: The Auburn Fall Auction. Since 2010, this company has provided attendees, from near and far, with an exciting event that people of every age can enjoy!

So, what makes the Auburn Fall Auction so exciting each year? To begin, this far, they have been able to bring an ACD Trifecta every year. This means, at least one Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg has been up for auction at the Auburn Fall. This year is no different, with one Cord, two Auburns, and two Duesenbergs… the 2016 auction will be one to remember!

Though automobiles are the reason this very event exists, there is so much more to look forward to as well. As said above, the weekend provides fun for every generation! People can anticipate a car corral, swap meet, monster truck shows, and freestyle sport bike shows! For even more thrills, helicopter and monster truck rides are available during the event! More information can be found here!

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Newly introduced this year is a Cars & Coffee car meet on Saturday morning! This activity has become quite successful and will be an aspect of the Saturday auction you won’t want to miss! Also, Auctions America is providing a Wine & Microbrew Garden that numerous local vendors will be participating in! Bill Goldberg, a well-known professional wrestler and car enthusiast, will be at the Auction Park on Saturday to sign autographs and enjoy the auction too!

Being that younger generations will be in attendance, Auctions America even has some exciting activities for kids! This year, they will be providing a “scavenger hunt” for children to explore the Historic Auction Park! The National Auto & Truck Museum will be giving all ages a hands-on opportunity to learn more about some incredible historic vehicles!

This year’s Auburn Auction will be featuring many automobiles to be auctioned off! Besides the renowned Cord, Auburns, and Duesenbergs, more incredible cars will be crossing the block! This includes two Shelby Cobras (here and here), the Triple Crown Collection which is composed of more than 40 vehicles, mainly American made classics! There is also a “Batcycle” up for auction that was used in one of the famous Batman movies and much more! Probably the most unique item to cross the block stands on four legs…Wendell the Mechanical Elephant! A portion of the sale of Wendell will be going to Kate’s Kart, a local non-for-profit that provides free books to children in hospitals. On Friday, September 2nd, Auctions America will be offering a special Buy One, Get One Free on admission with the donation of a new children’s book for Kate’s Kart!

Wendell Mechanical Elephant

Photo Credit to Auctions America

Much more is waiting for you at the Auctions America Auction Park, September 1st through 4th. See you there!

Visit for more details, or visit for a Calendar of Events!

WHAT: Auctions America Auburn Fall Auction

WHEN: September 1st– 4th, 2016     (August 31st– Preview Day)

LOCATION: Auburn Auction Park

5536 County Road 11A

Auburn, Indiana 46706

ADMISSION: $15 Single Day Pass (Children 12 and under: free)

$50 Event Weekend Pass

CONTACT:     |     (260) 927-9797

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