Cruising on a Monday Afternoon

Monday afternoon I got the opportunity to ride in a 1928 Cadillac Touring Car. The 89 year old car is on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Sam Grate (Collections Manager at the museum) drove the car and (Pit Crew Member) Robert Probst rode in the back.Photo Apr 17, 1 34 50 PM

To start this classic beauty, you had to push the floor starter.Photo Apr 17, 1 27 05 PM

I have seen a regular push start before but never a floor starter.

You could definitely see the admiration from passerby’s as we drove along the block. People would occasionally wave out the window or do a friendly honk-honk.

As we turned the corner all of the sudden the car stalled and we had to pull over.




It turns out there was a gas leak and they had to call the rest of the Pit Crew for assistance.


The Pit Crew members that came to assist us were Dan Bonkowski, Ray Raynor and Vincent Pietracatella. After some thorough inspections they had to tow the car back to the museum. Towing a car that’s so old takes some experience but the guys had it all under control. We eventually made it back safely to the Conservation Center.


The Crew discovered it was a plugged gas canister that caused a gas leak which in turn caused the car to stall.

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Even though the ride was cut short it was still a very interesting experience being able to ride in such an old car.  Hopefully there will be more opportunities to ride in some of the other cars in the future. To check out this beautiful car, visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana.

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Saturday at Byler Lane Winery

This past weekend the weather was warm and Byler Winery was the place to be on a Saturday. There was a lot going on which meant there was plenty to see and do.  The first thing you notice when you pull up to the 28-acre property is the sprawling fields of vineyards that line the driveway leading up to the building.

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There was a mobile boutique shop parked out front called Betsey’s Boutique Shop that offered designer women and children’s apparel for customers to browse through.

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There was a constant flow of party buses coming and going. Divine Wine Tours out of Angola and Big Red Party Bus were the two buses I kept seeing at the winery. At one point I witnessed a large bachelorette party coming in to celebrate.


Outside on the large patio the duo band “Motor Folkers” provided the entertainment by playing cover songs but nonetheless they were very entertaining to listen to. The Fork & Fiddle Food Truck was also outside offering sandwiches and snacks.

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Overall, it was a great experience at Byler Winery and now that the weather is warmer, I will definitely be going back again.

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The Ford V-8 Museum Incorporates FORD’S Famous “Rotunda” Design In Its Expansion


Ford built three versions of its famous “Rotunda.” The first one in Chicago for the 1934 World’s Fair, the second a year later in San Diego, and a final version in Dearborn, MI where it was redesigned in 1952. It was the fifth most popular tourist attraction in the country until it was destroyed by fire in 1962.

You will soon see a fourth iteration of the famous Ford icon at the Early Ford V-8 Museum in Auburn, IN when the museum expands from its current 8,000 sq. ft. to over 27,000 sq. ft. A contractor has been hired and will begin construction this summer with a schedule to have the building enclosed by November.

The museum specializes in the 1932-53 Ford era, which includes Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, commercial vehicles, tractors and Ford Industrial engines. It also houses artifacts, memorabilia, technical displays, literature and tools, as well as a collection of vehicles. This is the only museum that is dedicated to this era, and it is continuing to grow!

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Winter Tractor & Gas Engine Show

This past weekend the Auburn Auction Park held the Winter Tractor and Gas Engine Show hosted by the Farm Power Club. The 3-day event showcased tractors of all makes and models, and featured Allis Chalmers. 80 vendors provided enthusiasts with a swap meet, toy show and craft show.

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Tables of toys lined the venue for those to admire or to purchase.

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Despite the weather, overall attendance was up from the previous year with over 2,000 people making it to this great winter eventPhoto Mar 16, 8 59 39 AM

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Logansport Kennel Club Dog Show

This past weekend was the Logansport Kennel Club Dog Show which was held at the National Military History Center. Dogs of all shapes and sizes pranced and trotted their way around the ring to try and win the coveted prize of first place.

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The dogs were divided into 7 groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. In total, there were 839 entrants.




While I was there I got the chance to see a beautiful 2 year old Spaniel named Mallory win the blue ribbon for the Sporting Group.

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Behind the scenes in the grooming area was where the real action took place.  Blow-drying, shampooing, and clipping sounds filled the air as the handlers groomed their dogs with care.

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It takes a lot of preparation to make sure that not a hair is out of place and the dog is in prime showing condition.


This was also the area where dogs could get some rest after the long day.

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Dogs from all over the U.S. participated in this competition making it a great event to witness, especially if you love dogs.

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Auburn, Indiana to host the 2017 Great Race




Auburn is proud and honored to be hosting a stop for the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race on Wednesday, June 28. The Auburn Stop will welcome the race teams as they begin to arrive at 5:00 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Plaza and will have dinner at the museum. Other activities will include a car show with live music held at Auburn Auctions Park.


The racers will begin in Jacksonville, Florida and end the race crossing the finish line in Traverse City, Michigan. This isn’t just a race to see who finishes with the fastest time. The race is scored similarly to golf where the lowest score wins. Racers are scored with secret checkpoints along with way and are penalized for each second either early or late. To qualify, cars built in 1972 or earlier are eligible to race. Most of the entries have been manufactured before World War II.



Keep reading our blog to discover more about The Great Race in the next upcoming months!

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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.

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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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