TOUR AMERICA 2022, SAUDER VILLAGE CAMPGROUND, ARCHBOLD, OHIO

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Temperature 61 Degrees, Rain and more Rain

National Auto and Truck Museum

I believe if the rain keeps up we’re going to need an ark. It has been raining steady since yesterday morning. We’re OK, inside, dry and warm, and snug as a bug in a rug. I do feel sorry, though, for all those who came for the weekend. This past week was super with abundant sunshine and clear blue skies. And the week ahead promises more of the same. However, this weekend is a total wash out. Many who came on Friday already left yesterday and many more left early today. Sure can’t blame them.

Are you ready for one more automobile museum? I promise to be brief and just include some of the more interesting vehicles that were in this collection.

This museum was just down the street from the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum so you just had to know I wasn’t going to pass it up.

There were two floors with automobiles on the first and trucks on the lower.

A few of the more interesting automobiles on exhibit on the first floor.

An interesting concept but the war was now over and people were looking for cars that were extravagant and fast. Gasoline was cheap and no one was interested in compact cars.

Here’s something a bit different.

It definitely makes a statement and I’m sure it would have turned heads wherever it would go. Therefore, I have to wonder how many would have been sold if they brought it to production?

Contrary to what was said above, this one actually make it to production. It was introduced as the Chrysler Crossfire. It sold in the range of $35,000 and was well accepted at first. But the promised performance and handling was not there and sales quickly began to lag so by 2007 Chrysler announced it would be dropped from production.

This one is neither a car nor a truck but it sure turns heads!

General Motors developed 12 of these massive machines, known as Futureliners, that toured the country coast-to-coast during the late 1940’s and 50’s as part of the firm’s Parade of Progress. Designed to display modern marvels of the time, such as a microwave oven and jet engines they provided a glimpse into the future.

This example, number 10 in the line of production, used to tour Michigan in 1953. It then sat unused for many years until undergoing a complete restoration from 1999 to 2004. The result of that restoration is what you see here.

This display caught by eye and captivated my interest.

These are not models, but rather pedal cars!

How cool would it be to have one of these as a kid growing up! You would definitely be the envy of all the other kids I’m sure.

Ok, down to the lower level.

From this came the trucks we see today whizzing down the highways.

Talking about whizzing – this time across the Bonneville Slat Flats.

That is one massive engine in that truck! I wonder if I could stuff that chunk of steel in Elvira? If I could I bet I’d have absolutely no problem climbing any grade no matter how steep!

Something a bit more practical.

Just think of the statement you would make towing your trailer with this pickup. This truck has class written all over it – inside to outside.

So there you have it, a snapshot of another captivating museum. There was so much more here but I’m sure some already have that glazed over look in their eyes. However, if you are a gear head or just enjoying wandering among automobiles and trucks of all kinds I would highly recommend this museum to you. Go – visit – see – you’ll not be disappointed.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TOUR AMERICA 2022, SAUDER VILLAGE CAMPGROUND, ARCHBOLD, OHIO

Friday, August 12, 2022

Temperature 71 Degrees, Abundant Sunshine and Clear Blue Skies

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum

After we spent several days at Sauder Village the question was What Now? We were here for two weeks and we are seldom content to just sit around and vegetate. Well, we indeed found some really great places to visit. Following is a snapshot of the first of three places we visited.

On Tuesday past we travelled to Auburn, Indiana to visit the

The museum building was constructed for the Auburn Automobile Company in 1929. It is considered one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the Midwest. Look and marvel at the showroom’s terrazzo floor, lit by Art Deco chandeliers and wall sconces. During the Auburn’s heyday, this showroom was filled with the latest Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs.

A sample of some of the cars in the current collection.

What a real dash used to look like. No idiot lights here. Just plain, functioning gauges that gave accurate feedback on the functioning of your engine.

Now, the most interesting thing about the Duesenberg is that you never bought a complete car. Instead you bought just the

chassis, engine and running gear and then had to have the body fitted by a coachbuilding firm.

For instance,

Murphy Company produced far more bodies for the Duesenberg than any other company.

The most radical and forward thinking of the three was the Cord.

The concept was simple enough. They simply turned things around so that

the transmission was in front and the engine was behind it.

We move ahead now a few years to the 810 and 812 models.

Unfortunately none of these great automobiles are still in production. The Great Depression, quality issues, sagging sales, and many other factors worked against them and in time all were forced to cease production.

Just 4 of the dozens that were on display.

There was an entire exhibit devoted to the Cars of Indiana.

Finally, I’ll close with this. In one exhibit hall there were numerous examples of what I would call one off automobiles that never made it to production. This one was very intriguing.

I promised a snapshot and that is what this has been.

There are other exhibits too numerous to list and expand upon. In fact by now I’m sure some of you like my wife have glazed over eyes! I’m so blessed that she puts up with my interest in all things automobile but to her a car is a car is a car. And let me tell you we have been to three huge automobile museums in the last month. This is just one of them. More to come.

I’ll say this if you like me are into history and in particular the history of the automobile then this is must see museum. It has an excellent layout, all exhibits are well documented, and there are guides available to answer all of your questions. I’m grateful that I’ve been here and can now cross it off my bucket list of places to see.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TOUR AMERICA 2022, SAUDER VILLAGE CAMPGROUND, ARCHBOLD, OHIO

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Temperature 78 Degrees, Abundant Sunshine, Clear Blue Skies

The Town of Archbold

We have one more week here and we’re making the best use of our time. Yesterday, we drove to Auburn Indiana to visit two fascinating automobile museums. More about both of them in future blogs,. Tomorrow, we driving to Toledo, Ohio to visit another museum that we discovered that looks interesting.

Today, though, lets talk about the town of Archbold. When we first arrived we were pronouncing the name as if it were two words – Arch and Bold. Within a day, though, we discovered that the locals pronounce it like this – Arch – a – bold. Now, as to where the name comes from there are several stories about it. The bottom line is there is no clear evidence as to why the town is named what it is.

This sign sits adjacent to the welcome sign and tells us that the town was settled in 1834 in the heart of the The Black Swamp. I, of course, was a bit curious about this so-called Black Swamp.

Thankfully, there is abundant information about it in the Museum in Sauder Village.

The Black Swamp I discovered was not some small, local swamp rather

Think of it, the swamp at one time was the third largest swamp in the United States but today most of it has been altered or drained. The question becomes, what is the result of the loss of the swamp?

Now, we know when it was settled and where it was settled. Let’s talk a bit more about

We had driven pass this several times before I was finally able to take a picture of it. I found it absolutely captivating. Picture taken, it was time to discover what it was all about.

This is what I discovered.

The mural is painted on the side of the old Rupp Furniture Store.  It measures 136’ x 36’.  The design is based on an old-fashioned printer’s-type drawer or type case laid on its side.  Each compartment or drawer is filled with historical images representative of the village of Archbold from its settlement to Sauder Woodworking.  The central focal point of the project is the letters Archbold that look like the individual letters old printers used.  Then at the bottom of the type case, at the base of the mural, is a representation of the Black Swamp.

For a complete description of what is in each drawer please go to

https://www.archbold.com/community/archbold_mural.php

That’s it for now. Time to get working on several blogs I have in the works. They sure aren’t going to write themselves. Overall, life is good. We remain blessed beyond measure and are enjoying our time together on the road. I hope you’re also enjoying your summer and are making the most of each and every day.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.

TOUR AMERICA 2022, SAUDER VILLAGE CAMPGROUND, ARCHBOLD, OHIO

Sunday, August 8, 2022

Temperature 91 Degrees, Overcast, Rain Showers

Sauder Historic Village

Today was the Great Exodus. Let me explain. The campground has a total of 85 sites and by Friday evening all but 2 were occupied. Today, all but about 10 are occupied this afternoon. It was something to see everyone leave. One by one they made their way around the loop and out the exit road. But you know what? The same thing will no doubt happen again next weekend.

OK, let’s go back to the Village.

One of the most amazing buildings on the grounds is the Museum. It was 5 large exhibit rooms and you could easily spend a full day taking in all the fascinating and informative exhibits it has to offer. We spent about 2 hours here and I know we missed so much. After awhile you just go in to what I call overload.

Let me share with you just a bit of the fascinating things I discovered. In the area of communication I came across these interesting facts.

I challenge you to try and find a pay phone today. Hey, I actually know where there is one. Believe it or not there was one in the campground at the International Peace Gardens campground. And yes, it was in working order.

Talk about a resourceful person. George must have really wanted to create that first switchboard considering the objects he used to make it.

Can you imagine anyone today waiting 10 hours for their cell phone to charge! Not to mention its limited use and its crazy price.

In the exhibit Improving Your Home

Can’t afford a full tub, then how about a tin hip bath? Hey, it even has a cup holder!

In the exhibit of Ways We Move

Wow! I believe I’ll stick to driving Elvira.

OK, how about riding a horse?

How about that I never thought about the drawbacks of using a horse.

No museum in the Village would be complete without an entire room dedicated to

The Sauder story and an exhibition of some of its furniture. The panel above is just one of about 24 that tells the ups and downs, the trials and tribulations, and the numerous innovations that is Sauder. The story is absolutely fascinating and I was delighted to learn about the man and the company he formed and went on to build

Well, like I said the museum is immense and one could easily spend the better part of a day there but we need to be on our way.

We’re moving on now to a new section of the village known as 1920’s Main Street. But before we walk Main Street lets stop and have a little fun.

There is a miniature train that runs around the perimeter of the Historic Village and the kid in me was not going to pass this up. All aboard!

Back from our train ride and the first building we see is

Anyone know what this company is famous for? Well, first a bit of history. This company was founded by Henry Winzeler who opened a dental practice in Archbold. Eight years later he made a career change and started a company to manufacture picture frames. Eventually they began to make children’s toys, the most famous being – ready for it – the Etch A Sketch! I know I once had one and had a ball with it. How about you?

Moving on, we’ll now visit some of the shops on Main Street.

In the 1900’s the barbershop was usually the gathering place for men in the community. Ladies were gently reminded that this was not a place for them.

Often times the barbershop was located near the train depot. Train employees and sometimes gentlemen travelers departing the train would often need a means of “freshening up” therefore the barbershop usually had a section in the back for bathing.

The hardware store offered a little bit of everything in terms of tools, modern appliances, and materials for almost any home or farmstead need. It also offered toys and books and dollhouses for the kids. Not to mention it also offered something the large box stores don’t offer today, it offered home town hospitality. I remember we had a store similar to this in our little town and whenever you went to the store to get something you received a warm greeting and service with a smile.

This is an example of a 1900’s green grocery store. It offered basic staples to meet everyday needs beyond meat and fish such as vegetables, cheeses, bread and prepackaged foods.

Have you every had this before? This is a brand of carbonated beverage that is among the first mass-produced soft drinks in the United States. It is considered Maine’s official state beverage. I have no idea what it tastes like ,though, I’ve read that it tastes something like root beer but with a bitter aftertaste. I believe I’ll pass on it. Oh, and yes it is still sold today.

This is the local post office which was often found in the grocery store. I’ll take a loaf of bread, a box of cereal and a book of stamps, please.

This was a great place to take a break and watch some film clips of silent films. I watched and wondered how in the world they did some of the stunts. They really had everyone laughing in the theater.

This is where we ended our final day. They offered home made ice cream and I was not about to pass it up. Oh, it was so delicious and they were so generous in the portions they offered.

Our time in the Village has come to an end. There is more there that I was not able to include in the blog. But I’ve covered the majority of the Village. We didn’t do it in 3 hours, it didn’t take us 2 weeks, instead it took us 2 days and we could have spend a 3rd day there if they had only offered a weekly pass. We had a delightful time, especially watching the various guides show us how things were made way back then. Life was definitely different back in the 1800’s and the 1900’s and quite truthfully I’m glad I’m living in the 21st Century.

Let me encourage you if you have a “bucket list” of places you would like to visit put Sauder Village on that list. It is a great place to visit and learn. In addition they have two great ways to stay – a room at the Inn or a site at the Campground. We’re glad we made the trip here.

Thanks again for spending some time with us.  It’s always great to be able to share our story with family and friends. Comments? Feel free to share them with me. And always remember, cherish every moment of every day that God gives you and live those moments to the fullest. 

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.