Friday, July 29, 2016

Indiana Photo of the Day - Lake Lincoln From Mr Lincoln’S Neighborhood Walk, - Lincoln State Park

Indiana Photo of the Day - Lake Lincoln From Mr Lincoln’S Neighborhood Walk, - Lincoln State Park
Indiana Photo of the Day - Lake Lincoln From Mr Lincoln’S Neighborhood Walk, - Lincoln State Park

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Art PrintsDubbed Mr Lincoln’S Neighborhood Walk, the pleasant trail takes the hiker through areas that the young Abraham Lincoln frequented while a young boy. It passes the Little Pigeon Church, which the Lincolns attended, Lincoln's sister Sarah's grave and the Gordon mill, where Abraham took grain for milling.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Visit to Brown County State Park

Garfield Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden - Indianapolis Indiana

Garfield Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden - Indianapolis Indiana
Garfield Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Garfield Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden



The 136-acre Garfield Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden is the oldest of the Indianapolis city parks. Designed by German landscape architect George Edward Kessler, the sunken garden opened on October 29, 1916.


History of Garfield Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory
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Southern Riding Park

Garfield Park sprang from two unsuccessful attempts to operate a racetrack and fairgrounds from an area known as Bradley Woods. The Jeffersonville Railroad owned the area and sold it to a group in 1888 that opened the Southern Riding Park. This venture failed, and Marion County Sheriff N. R. Rucker. He later sold the property to the City of Indianapolis. The city leased to a group called the Indiana Trotting Association. Their venture failed also, due to the area's remoteness from the city. The city transformed the land into a park, calling it Southern Park in 1876. The city renamed the park Garfield Park in 1881, in honor of the recently assassinated President James A. Garfield. The city extended the streetcar line to the park in 1895. Numerous improvements took place at the park until Indianapolis hired German landscape architect George Edward Kessler to design a new park
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George Edward Kessler (July 16, 1862 – March 20, 1923)
The son of Edward Carl Kessler and Adolphe Clotilde Zeitsche Kessler, George was a native of Frankenhausen, Germany. The family immigrated to the United States in 1865. The family lived in several states before settling in Dallas, Texas. Edward died when George was sixteen. His mother, in consultation with relatives, decided that George would work in landscape architecture. She took him back to Germany to study at the Grand Ducal Gardens in Weimar, Germany. Kessler studied there and at various other places in Europe before returning to the United States in 1881. He obtained his first design job in Johnson County, Kansas designing Merriam Park. During his lifetime, he completed over 200 projects and prepared plans for 26 communities. He designed twenty-six park and boulevard systems, 49 parks, 46 estates and residences, and 26 schools. Kessler did several projects for Indianapolis including a park and boulevard system in 1909. Indianapolis has named Kessler Boulevard in his honor.

This article excerpted from the author's book:
Conservatory
Garfield Park Waterfall
Garfield Park Waterfall

Kessler spent the next several years designing and building the park. Construction of the first conservatory completed in 1915. This conservatory lasted until 1954.  The Park constructed the current structure to replace it. This 10,000 square foot conservator was the first to use welded aluminum and glass construction in the United States. It houses a luxuriant tropical habitat featuring tree frogs, koi, free flying birds and a fifteen-foot waterfall. Visitors will also find cacao plants, banana trees, fig trees, and an extensive orchid collection. Plant lovers will find a host of other plantings that can turn a cold winter day into a tropical vacation. The conservatory staff hosts changing educational displays as well as three floral displays each year.
Garfield Park Sunken Gardens
Garfield Park Sunken Gardens
Garfield Park Sunken Gardens
The Sunken Gardens include a three-acre formal classical European garden. The brick walkways, fountains, and extensive plantings provide a restful place to walk in a serene setting. Visitors may enjoy three main floral displays in the Garfield Park botanical garden. The spring tulip display peaks about mid-April. The summer annual flower display is usually best from June through August. September and October is when the fall mum display takes place.
Picnic Areas - Pagoda
Garfield Park has ample places to picnic with tables and shelters scattered throughout the park. Visitors will also find playgrounds for children to play and plenty of walking paths.
Garfield Park Sunken Gardens Fountains
Garfield Park Sunken Gardens Fountains

Garfield Park Arts Center
The Arts Center utilizes arts spaces, visual arts galleries, classrooms and a literary arts library to provide city residents with a diverse artistic and cultural experience. The galleries are open to the public and are free to view.
2432 Conservatory Drive
(317) 327-7135
Memorials, Events, Field Trips and Tours
In addition to the numerous memorials, trails and sports facilities, visitors will find numerous events, field trips and tours hosted by park staff. For more information, contact:
2505 Conservatory Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46203
(317) 327-7183
Visitors will find numerous events and concerts hosted at the MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts. For information, contact:
2432 Conservatory Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46203


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This Day in Indiana History - July 28, 1969 - The Auburn Automobile Heritage Corporation was formed

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July 28, 1969 - The Auburn Automobile Heritage Corporation was formed
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum grew out of the Auburn's owners’ formation of a club in 1952. The club, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, staged an Auburn owner reunion that grew over the years to become an event called the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in 1969. This event led to the formation of the Auburn Automobile Heritage Corporation in 1969. The corporation purchased the old manufacturing plant of the Auburn Automobile Company. The museum opened on July 6, 1974.
Auburn Automobile Company
The Auburn Automobile Company rose out of the Eckhart Carriage Company, founded by Charles Eckhart in 1874.
Charles Eckhart (February 24, 1841 - Sep. 30, 1915)
The son of John and Catherine (Fraley) Eckhart, Charles was a native of Germantown, Pennsylvania. the family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856 where he worked in a woolen mill. In 1861, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and served in the Civil War. A disability from the war caused his discharge on May 20, 1863. After migrating to Indiana, where he met his future wife, he reenlisted and served guard duty until his discharge in November 1865. He gained employment at Studebaker in Elkhart. By 1874, he moved to Auburn and started the Eckhart Carriage Company. His two sons, Morris and Frank, took over the carriage business in 1893.
Experimenting with Automobiles
Like many carriage makers of that age, the Eckhart brothers began experimenting with the newly developed automobile in 1900, building their first one that year. The brothers experimented with different models over the years The company saw modest success until World War I, when material shortages slowed production. A postwar recession further eroded sales until Erret Lobbing Cord purchased the company in 1926. The expensive automobiles that Cord produced did not sell well, a situation complicated by the Great Depression. The company ceased operation in 1937.
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn preserves the heritage and history of the Auburn Cord automobile. For more information, contact:
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
1600 S Wayne St
Auburn, Indiana
(260) 925-1444
info@automobilemuseum.org

Spirit Of Jasper Train Excursions

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Spirit Of Jasper Train Excursions
Passengers ride in restored passenger cars with a choice of several different excursions. Choose from Ride and Dine, French Lick or a Fall Foliage Ride & Dine train ride. For more information, schedules and menus, contact:
Spirit Of Jasper Train Excursions
201 Mill Street
Jasper, IN 47546
812-482-5959

Indiana Photo of the Day - Gristmill at Spring Mill State Park

Indiana Photo of the Day - Gristmill at Spring Mill State Park
Indiana Photo of the Day - Gristmill at Spring Mill State Park

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Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Indiana, is one of Indiana's premier State Parks. The Spring Mill In at the park is an excellent place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the Park's amenities. These include some Inn, wonderful hiking, the Gus Grissom Memorial and Pioneer Village. There are also several small caves and one boat cave tour.

Indiana Photo of the Day - Gristmill at Spring Mill State Park

Indiana Photo of the Day - Gristmill at Spring Mill State Park
Indiana Photo of the Day - Gristmill at Spring Mill State Park

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Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums
South Central Edition
Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Indiana, is one of Indiana's premier State Parks. The Spring Mill In at the park is an excellent place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the Park's amenities. These include some Inn, wonderful hiking, the Gus Grissom Memorial and Pioneer Village. There are also several small caves and one boat cave tour.