What a difference a year makes! Last year in October I was out on Route 36 visiting with service club members, museum folks, librarians, bookstore owners, historical societies, and other denizens of the towns and cities along the highway.
This year life is virtual and constrained. Eventually that will change. For now we hunker down, do the best we can, and maybe enjoy a little armchair travel. Read on . . .
In my last blog I promised a list of “Top Stops” in Indiana and Illinois. Upon further reflection I realized Indiana has such rich offerings on Route 36 that I should give this blog solely to Indiana. Not that Illinois is a slouch. I’ll get to some “Top Stops” in Illinois next time.
Ten “Top Stops” in Indiana on Route 36
Here’s my take on some educational, fun stops in the great state of Indiana. Most of these are in Indianapolis unless otherwise noted. If a traveler were to visit all these sites, he/she would engage with (1) the history of flight; (2) a modern literary master; (3) the 23rd president of the United States; (4) a poet of lasting literary and historic note; (5) Native American art and history; (6) unique Midwestern landscapes; (7) one of the finest art museums in the country; and (8) the greatest journalist of the 1930s and 1940s.
- Wilbur Wright Birthplace – nr Mooreland – www.wwbirthplace.com
- Indianapolis Art Museum and ground – “Newfields” and Eli Lilly country home – www.discovernewfields.org
- Kurt Vonnegut Museum – www.vonnegutlibrary.org
- Downtown Indianapolis – www.visitindy.com
- NCAA Hall of Champions – www.ncaahallofchampions.org
- Eiteljorg Museum of Indians and Western Art – www.eiteljorg.org
- Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home – www.bhpsite.org
- James Whitcomb Riley residence and Lockerbie District – www.rileymuseumhome.org
- Covered bridges of Parke County – Rockville locus – www.coveredbridges.com
- Ernie Pyle WWII Museum – Dana – www.erniepyle.org
Media Attention and Awards
I was pleased to have my guidebook receive positive notice in the October issue of the prestigious Missouri Historical Review. Nearer to home, Route 36: Ohio to Colorado—America’s Heartland Highway took a second-place EVVY Award (travel category) against national competition judged by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA).
I’ve been doing a lot of virtual speaking since March . . . so, if your service club or civic group is “Zooming” these days, I’m available to talk about Route 36 with a slide show presentation. See the Contact page.
The Guidebook as a Gift
My guidebook to Route 36 makes a great gift for a family member, a friend, or colleague interested in transportation history and our oldest US highways—that is, anyone in search of the open road in an RV, on a motorcycle, in a car, or from the comfort of an armchair. To purchase from amazon.com or for a signed copy, continue to the bottom of this page or click here: www.amazon.com – www.us36guidebook.com.
Next time I’ll review Top Stops in Illinois.
‘til then . . . stay safe, stay well . . . AND
Get your kicks (you know where),