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

 

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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.

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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.

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

For more information, go to The greatrace.com  or visit our website!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 dekalbcvb.org for more information on each museum and a Calendar of Events going on in DeKalb County, Indiana!
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