The 14th Annual Crawfordsville Elks Lodge 483 Car Show, will be held Saturday August, 2016, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. There is a new venue this year, it will be at Creekside Lodge, beside Sugar Creek, just off of Lafayette Avenue, west of US 231. Click below to view and print the event flyer, from the Ben Hur Car Club website.
Sagamore Parkway Eastbound Bridge demolition July 12, 2016.
Today, July 12th, 2016, one of the road bridges, over the Wabash River, was demolished, using explosives. This is the latest phase in the reconstruction project, of the bridge carrying the east bound carriageway of Sagamore Parkway, formerly US52, from West Lafayette to Lafayette, Indiana.
River Road, Old State Road 43, which is situated next the Wabash River, and passes under the bridge, has been closed from Monday July 11, 2016, for approximately one month.
Traffic from the east bound bridge has been diverted onto the other, west bound bridge, temporarily. The deck had previously been stripped off of the bridge framework, and the most easterly span was removed, before the framework was demolished, at approximately 9AM, on the 12th. Crews have been given 24 hours to remove the debris from the river.
The east bound bridge is situated south of the west bound bridge, and was constructed in 1936, and is therefore older than the west bound bridge. The two bridges are of completely different designs.
We are looking forward to visiting the 48th Annual Wolcott Summer Festival, on Monday, July 4, 2016.
The Annual Wolcott Summer Festival started in 1969 when the town of Wolcott experienced several disastrous fires and some of the citizens pondered on how to perk up the town’s spirit. “Why not a festival like we had in 1961 to celebrate the town’s Centennial.” July 4th was suggested and what would be better than to celebrate our town and the birthday of the United States at our festival. It was done! And Wolcott Summer Festival began…
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This annual festival features a classic car and a tractor show, and live music on stage. This year featuring one of my favorite bands, the Groove Catz.
In 2006, the Vermillion County Community Foundation sponsored an art project involving 16 hand painted, 8 feet tall, fiberglass giraffes, on display at various locations in Vermillion County, Indiana.
To quote from an information booklet published at the time to publicize this event:-
Vermillion County, Indiana is home this summer to a unique art project – 16 eight foot tall giraffes decorate the landscape if Indiana’s longest county. Local sponsors and artists from this Western Indiana community have teamed up under the guidance of the Vermillion County Community Foundation to show their pride in being Indiana’s tallest county. The program is being so well received, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Tourism has even re-named State Highway 63 “Giraffe Parkway” in honor of the event.
The Foundation hopes visitors and residents alike will appreciate the giraffes which will be on display through October. Then, on November 5th they will each be auctioned off to the highest bidder to help the Foundation continue its work providing scholarships and grants to programs which showcase the county as a vibrant place to live.
The event is known as :- “Discover Surprises in Vermillion County – We’re Standing Tall”.
For further information and more pictures of these giraffes:- http://www.freewebs.com/colinsplace/giraffes/index.html
If you didn’t know, the annual Strawberry Festival will be held this coming weekend, in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
The Festival runs June 10, through the 12th, 2016.
(Pictures from 2013 Festival – by cjp02 on FLICKR)
With great entertainment, a flea market, tractor show, and on Sunday, a large classic car show, there is plenty for people of all ages. My favorite part is the car show, on Sunday.
Checkout their website for schedule and much more:-
Apparently this John Doe’s remains were found alongside nearby Interstate 65, in the mid 1980’s. His true identity was never discovered, but he is believed to be a victim of the serial killer, known in the media as the Highway Murderer. The emergency personnel, that answered the call to his discovery, raised the money for this headstone and burial. Although this small cemetery, in rural Jasper County, Indiana, near Rennselaer, is closed to new interments, the commissioners donated the plot, and allowed him to be buried here.
The Memorial text reads:-
25 TO 26 YEARS OLD
OF DEATH: MARCH 1982
INTERMENT APR. 22, 1986
I found this web page about Larry Eyler and his crimes, while researching this John Doe grave.
Chicago Tribune article from 2010
If you are researching Cemeteries and the people buried there, in Montgomery County, Indiana, a useful resource is the Crawfordsville Public Library website Cemetery Locator page:-