Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

  1. #1
    1986 Concours/1999 KLR650 mcrider1959's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Mt.Vernon, Il.
    Age
    58
    Posts
    221

    Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Since spring is here and the weather has been turning nice, itís time to start thinking about traveling. I have had several people already ask me where I will go this year. I really havenít given that too much thought so far but, I am sure, I will figure it out. I always do!!
    And then there have been a few folks asking me for suggestions about different places I might recommend for them to go see. I am always very happy to oblige.
    So this brings me to posting a photo eassy about a little weekend road trip from early last fall 2015. Maybe it will inspire you to do the same.
    Contemplating where to go, with only two days to work with can be tough so it needed to be somewhere kind of close to home.
    I asked Carla if she had ever been to Vincennes Indiana before. Her answer was yes but, it was years ago. That sounded like a good answer to me. We now have a direction! Yep, it was easy as that. Now for the plan, get around early on Saturday morning, ride to Vincennes to check out the town. I had been there many times before so I would be the designated tour guide.
    With an early Saturday morning departure we set out on the short 98 mile ride to Vincennes. Let the Indiana adventure begin!

    First stop in Vincennes is the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.
    Here you will find a very nice visitor center and the memorial building dedicated to Clark. George Rogers Clark (November 19, 1752 Ė February 13, 1818) was a surveyor, soldier, and militia officer from Virginia and the highest ranking American military officer on the northwestern frontier during the American Revolutionary War. He served as leader of the Kentucky (then part of Virginia) militia throughout much of the war. Clark is best known for his celebrated captures of Kaskaskia (1778) and Vincennes (1779) during the Illinois Campaign, which greatly weakened British influence in the Northwest Territory. Because the British ceded the entire Northwest Territory to the United States in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, Clark has often been hailed as the "Conqueror of the Old Northwest".
    Attachment 18495


    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the memorial June 14, 1936.
    The Clark Memorial is more than 80 feet high and is 90 feet across at the base. The walls are two feet thick. There are 16 Doric columns encircling the structure. The exterior is composed of granite from Vermont, Minnesota, and Alabama.***Inside the rotunda are seven murals, each created on a single piece of Belgium linen 16 feet by 28 feet. Also a bronze statue of Clark resides in the rotunda.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0188.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	342.4 KB 
ID:	18545 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0196.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	489.9 KB 
ID:	18546 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0197.jpg 
Views:	3 
Size:	482.1 KB 
ID:	18498


    On the park grounds:
    Statue of Francis Vigo on the banks Of the Wabash River
    Francis Vigo (Dec. 13, 1747 - March 22, 1836) was an Italian-American who aided the American forces during the Revolutionary War and helped found a public university in Vincennes, In.***At the north end of the park grounds is a view of the old arched bridge crossing the Wabash River.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0185.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	491.1 KB 
ID:	18499 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0186.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	545.8 KB 
ID:	18500


    Just a couple of blocks north of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park are a few historical markers in old downtown Vincennes.***24 Gun Sloop of War Historical Marker commemorating the U.S.S Vincennes***Also downtown you will find a Red Skelton mural located on south 3rd between Vigo St. and Main St.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0193.jpg 
Views:	11 
Size:	525.9 KB 
ID:	18501 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0191.JPG 
Views:	8 
Size:	435.8 KB 
ID:	18502 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0200.jpg 
Views:	11 
Size:	517.0 KB 
ID:	18505


    After wandering around old downtown Vincennes we got back on the bike and headed for the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy. Since Vincennes is the boyhood hometown of olí Red, a visit to his museum is a must see. The museum can be found on the campus of Vincennes University or 20 W. Red Skelton Blvd.
    The admission fee is only $8 and well worth it!!***Very nice metal sculpture at the entrance to the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0203.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	549.0 KB 
ID:	18506 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0204.jpg 
Views:	9 
Size:	504.5 KB 
ID:	18507


    Inside the museum: Ida Mae Skelton holding Richard (Red) with his older brother L to R, Christian, Paul and Joseph***The many characters of Red Skelton.***Reds' director chair***Red during World War IIClick image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0205.jpg 
Views:	13 
Size:	458.3 KB 
ID:	18508 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0216.jpg 
Views:	9 
Size:	472.8 KB 
ID:	18509 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0212.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	488.7 KB 
ID:	18510
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0215.jpg 
Views:	15 
Size:	496.1 KB 
ID:	18511

    Trying out for a comedy role. I don't think I will make the cut!***Red was also a very good artist!! Here is his easel and paints.***One of his many paintings displayed in the museum.***His bronze statue in the atrium.***Carla and I spent a lot of time wandering thru the museum learning about Red Skelton and his life as the King of Comedy! We truly enjoyed our visit!
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0218.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	486.1 KB 
ID:	18512 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0228.jpg 
Views:	3 
Size:	493.2 KB 
ID:	18513 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0229.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	491.2 KB 
ID:	18514 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0232.jpg 
Views:	3 
Size:	515.0 KB 
ID:	18515


    Richard Bernard Skelton was born July 18, 1913 inside his Vincennes home . Birthplace 111 W. Lyndale Avenue Vincennes, IN
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0233.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	480.1 KB 
ID:	18516 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0234.jpg 
Views:	9 
Size:	510.6 KB 
ID:	18517


    Tucked away in a small little park (corner of 1st and Hart St.), was our next stop to a landmark that I had read about on Roadside America.com. "On the Trail of the Whispering Giants", artist Peter Wolf Toth carved his Chief Tecumseh out of black oak in Vincennes in 2009.***Across the street from Chief Tecumseh I spied this little jewel or maybe I should say BIG!! This giant watermelon was an unexpected added bonus!!
    ***Side Note**:
    One place that we didnít take the time to go see was the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes. Located at 715 S. 6th St. I have been there before and it is definitely worth checking out, if you enjoy all things military. Also if you like camping, just 2 miles north of Vincennes is the Quabache(Wabash) Trails Park, 3500 N. Lower Fort Knox Rd. I have stayed here several times and I can highly recommend it.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0237.jpg 
Views:	11 
Size:	522.2 KB 
ID:	18518 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0243.jpg 
Views:	17 
Size:	488.2 KB 
ID:	18519

    Leaving Vincennes in search of three oddity must-see suggestions from Roadside America took us north out of town on route 41 to west of the town of Bruceville. Here on North Ivers Road, we found John Ivers very own personal backyard roller coaster. I bet Johnsí grand kids think John is the best grandpa in the whole world!!***A little further up the road (7738 N. Pierce Road) Carla and I found the Home of the Big Peach. Along side the ďbig peachĒ is the replica of the Washington Monument, just a little smaller than the original. Well, maybe a lot smaller but, then I didnít have my tape measure! Both of these attractions have seen better days. A little repair and paint is needed.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0244.jpg 
Views:	6 
Size:	517.3 KB 
ID:	18520 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0245.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	485.4 KB 
ID:	18534


    Next roadside oddity was right at the west edge of Bruceville (hwy 550). Built in 1949 for the Coca Cola plant in Indianapolis. This gave me a hankeriní for an ice cold Coke!!***This little guy was on guard duty, making sure no one ripped off his soda!!
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0247.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	552.5 KB 
ID:	18521 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0249.jpg 
Views:	19 
Size:	466.7 KB 
ID:	18522


    Here is a place that I highly recommend!! Great cheeseburgers and hand-dipped chocolate malts and shakes. I grab a burger and fries every chance I get, when I am passing thru. Unfortunately it was late Saturday afternoon the restaurant was already closed for the day. The White Steamer, 21 East Main St. Washington Indiana. By now, we had had a long day so, we decided to find accommodations for the night in Washington. The next day, Sunday, would be chocked full of things to see and a good nights rest was needed.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	456 002.jpg 
Views:	8 
Size:	507.5 KB 
ID:	18523


    We awoke Sunday morning to a beautiful sunny day. Perfect for motorcycle riding!! After a hearty breakfast we hit the road to the next place on the tour of Indiana. I told Carla the story of the birdhouse guy but, I really think she thought I was joking. It is kinda hard to believe until you see it first hand. I had been here before a couple years earlier while riding the Loose Nut Dual Sport Ride so I knew what to expect. Here we are folks!! The Birdhouse Paradise of Bill Larkin!! 5024 North. 1215 East, Loogootee, IN***Bill gave us a tour of his geodesic home and yard, both filled with somewhere around 3,600 birdhouses and brightly painted rocks. Bill is an interesting nice guy to talk with. There is no admission fee to Billsí Paradise of Birdhouses, he just enjoys people stopping by and visiting with him. This photo is from his deck overlooking his backyard.***Birdhouses, painted rocks and little statues of garden Nomes are everywhere you look!!!***Carla proudly displaying the little birdhouse Bill gave her.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Indiana Ride 013.jpg 
Views:	16 
Size:	556.7 KB 
ID:	18524 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Indiana Ride 009.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	585.7 KB 
ID:	18525 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Indiana Ride 006.jpg 
Views:	13 
Size:	582.6 KB 
ID:	18526Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Indiana Ride 012.jpg 
Views:	30 
Size:	592.6 KB 
ID:	18527


    After bidding farewell to Bill and his birdhouses, I pointed the bike south on highway 231 towards Jasper IN. Finding a giant box of popcorn was the next goal. Yep! At 17 feet tall, this box of popcorn will get your attention. It is located in front of the Jasper Gift Basket and Popcorn Company. 1522 Newton St.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0252.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	494.4 KB 
ID:	18533


    We had had our fill of popcorn so, time to move on down the road to the Geode Grotto of Father Sztucko. Donít ask me how to pronounce that last name cause I havenít the foggiest!!!***This is what Roadside America says about the Geode Grotto. ďThe 1960s was a busy decade. Father Thad Sztuczko spent it methodically cementing thousands and thousands of geodes into a multi-acre grotto of shrines and birdbaths.Ē
    Yep!!! I would say he was a very busy man!!
    Carla didn't know what to look at first!!
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0261.jpg 
Views:	12 
Size:	579.8 KB 
ID:	18528 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0257.jpg 
Views:	21 
Size:	529.5 KB 
ID:	18529 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0260.jpg 
Views:	20 
Size:	534.0 KB 
ID:	18530 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0263.jpg 
Views:	4 
Size:	403.0 KB 
ID:	18531 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0265.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	532.2 KB 
ID:	18532


    While riding through Jasper on the main drag running north and south, we spotted this beautiful old Catholic Church. I needed a closer look!***The door wasnít locked so we stepped inside. Amazing!!! Just beautiful!!Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0256.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	519.9 KB 
ID:	18535 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0255.jpg 
Views:	2 
Size:	473.4 KB 
ID:	18536 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0253.jpg 
Views:	9 
Size:	493.9 KB 
ID:	18537


    We also spent some time at the courthouse in Jasper. Built in 1911***From the monument in front of the courthouse.***Across the street from the courthouse in downtown Jasper.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0269.JPG 
Views:	5 
Size:	485.3 KB 
ID:	18539 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0268.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	480.6 KB 
ID:	18540 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0271.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	389.6 KB 
ID:	18541


    Leaving Jasper I pick up route 162 south towards the little town of Ferdinand. There is a very picturesque church located in Ferdinand that I wanted Carla to see. The Monastery Immaculate Conception, The complex includes the main building constructed in 1883-1887. A major expansion to the complex began in 1915 and includes the Romanesque Revival style convent chapel. It is home to one of the largest communities of Benedictine women in the United States.
    We didnít take the tour of the Monastery as it was getting on late in the afternoon. We said we would be back again for a tour of the inside and the grounds surrounding the Monastery someday.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0272.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	493.9 KB 
ID:	18542


    Time to wrap up the weekend and head home. We only scratched the surface of Indiana this trip! Hope you enjoyed our ďRed Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!Ē, the Road Less Traveled road trip.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSCN0274.jpg 
Views:	3 
Size:	482.0 KB 
ID:	18543
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails DSCN0269.jpg   DSCN0183.jpg  

    1986 Concours/1999 KLR650/2006 KLX250S

  2. #2
    BigBob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Juneau, Alaska
    Age
    65
    Posts
    704

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Thanks for posting!
    GL1800 & KLR650 Mine 2009 Rollahome
    GL1500 & XR650L Hers
    IBA #66870

  3. #3
    Hondavalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    35

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Great pictures and bio. As a little side note my father served with Red in WWII and while his MOS was
    Performing Arts Specialist he couldn't refrain from ripping on the officers and ended up on the combat theater instead instead of the entertainment theater.

  4. #4
    Bob Vail bvail's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Thornton, CO
    Age
    74
    Posts
    1,263

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Very nice post.
    Aspen Classic Camper, 06 GL1800

    My Pics: http://www.picturetrail.com/bvail My trailer forum: http://forums.delphiforums.com/MCTrailertowing

  5. #5
    Roadhound's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Age
    69
    Posts
    387

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Very good post, great pics and the words ain't bad. That's a fine looking 86 Concours you pictured there, of the 3 I've owned the 86 was the best of the bunch.
    Don Ricks
    Atlanta. Ga

    "Ride or Ride not, there is no drive"

  6. #6
    just another Saddle Tramp Dusty Boots's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    SW Ontario
    Age
    63
    Posts
    5,925

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Great TR!

    Thanks for taking the time and effort to share your weekend adventure with the members. I know I certainly enjoyed it!

    I wonder if Birdhouse Bill gets a discount from Sherwin-Williams and I also wonder where in earth did Father Sztucko manage to find all those geodes??

    Dusty
    Ken - 1992 Honda GL1500 Aspencade 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour
    Camping Styles - tent camp off of bike - 2013 HF Cargo trailer - 2011 Aspen Sentry
    "It's never too early to plan and never too late to go!" - Dusty
    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8390110233_2a7d94ec03_m.jpg

  7. #7
    trikerdan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    North Mississippi
    Age
    68
    Posts
    622

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    excellent !!
    RIDE TO LIVE !


  8. #8
    1986 Concours/1999 KLR650
    (Threadstarter)
    mcrider1959's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Mt.Vernon, Il.
    Age
    58
    Posts
    221

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Thanks guys, for the kind words. I do enjoy putting together these trip reports, I call "photo essays".

    Quote Originally Posted by Roadhound View Post
    Very good post, great pics and the words ain't bad. That's a fine looking 86 Concours you pictured there, of the 3 I've owned the 86 was the best of the bunch.
    Roadhound, my ol' Concours really isn't that "fine looking" anymore. It is a bit haggard and rough around the edges with 221k miles showing on the clock. I can't complain as it has served me very well since I bought it new back in April of 1986.

  9. #9
    dan1551's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Arthur,Illinois/Cape Coral,Fl
    Age
    67
    Posts
    2,029

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    Great trip report. . Enjoyed it!
    2012 Limited Harley Davidson +09 Aspen classic
    ( WIFE MADE ME BUY THEM BOTH)
    The only time you can have too much fuel.............is if your on fire!

  10. #10
    Site Supporter mailman01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Leitchfield, Kentucky
    Posts
    1,564

    Re: Red Skelton, Giant Water Melons and Bird Houses, Indiana has it!

    That was a terrific riding adventure and trip reporting...Very similar scenery as a place located in Dickeyville, Wi...called The Grotto...another amazing place designed and built by a Catholic priest back in the 1930s...Holy Ghost Park, named after the Church. Anyone ever passing through must put this place on their agenda.

    Thanks for posting.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •