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Indiana’s basketball mecca…

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“While it was invented in Massachusetts, basketball really had its beginning in Indiana, which remains today the center of the sport” — James Naismith, 1936.

Those words ring true more than 70 years later.  Indiana and basketball go hand in hand, like peanut butter & jelly. No other state can lay claim to the rich basketball heritage that Indiana has. From its home grown legends like Tony Hinkle, John Wooden, Oscar Robertson,  George McGinnis, and Larry Bird, to its legendary courts such as Assembly Hall, Mackey Arena, The Wigwam, Chrysler Arena, and a little place called “Hoosier Gym”, to many Hoosiers, basketball has a way of making  all that’s wrong with life right. It’s about legends, stories of legends, and the hallowed grounds where those legends roamed.

In 1985, writer/producer Angelo Pizzo , a Bloomington, Indiana native, set out to capture that feeling on film. He got his inspiration from the 1954 Indiana state high school championship team from Milan High School.  The result was the release in 1986 of  Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper and Barbara Hershey.

Pizzo centered the movie around a fictitious town’s high school basketball team, the Hickory Huskers. Filmed in several areas throughout central Indiana, he found the perfect spot for the Huskers home court. The Knightstown Gym was built in 1922 and served as that high school’s basketball court up until the 1960’s.

Recently I was driving through the area and as luck would have it, the now “Hoosier Gym” was open. The sign on the door showed it closed at 5pm and it was 5:05, but I walked in anyway. Just inside the doorway is a small lobby that has display cases filled with Knightstown memorabilia as well as that from the movie.

When I was signing my name in the guestbook, I could hear someone bouncing a ball just around the corner in the gym. The echo was identical to a scene in the early part of the movie when “Jimmy Chitwood” was in there by himself shooting. As I was heading in, I half expected to see Jimmy in there in his white t-shirt and blue jeans.

However, it was Tom, one of the local caretakers of Hoosier Gym who was getting a few jumpshots in before he locked the doors for the day. Tom was kind enough to show me around, tell me what I didn’t already know about the gym, and showed me the the locker room where one of the scenes was filmed.

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I felt like a kid in a candy store. Not only was Hoosiers voted the best sports movie of all time by USA Today and ESPN, it’s probably my favorite movie of all time of any genre. It was approaching 5:30, and I knew I had kept Tom way too long, but he seemed more than happy to oblige. He tossed me a ball and gave me the chance to take a few shots. Just out of the 4 or 5 shots I took, I knew that court would be very good to my rusty jumpshot.

But I’ll be back there for sure. Hoosier Gym is open 7 days a week for walkers, receptions, group events, and guys like me who just want to show up and soak it all in.

Some Came Running Filming Locations

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Some Came Running (1958)

Some Came Running is the story of US Army veteran and two-time author, Dave Hirsh (Frank Sinatra). Bitter from being sent to a boys’ home by his brother at age 12, Dave’s return to his hometown after 16 years shakes up the small town of Parkman, Indiana.

US 421, Milton, Kentucky

In the film’s opening scene, Dave is on a bus heading to the fictional town of Parkman, Indiana. Drunk, he was put on a bus in Chicago. Through the bus windows, the “Long View Inn” is barely visible.

Some Came Running (1958)

In reality, the bus was heading down US 421 in Milton, Kentucky, heading toward the Milton-Madison Bridge. This building appears to be a private home, located on the bend.

U.S. 421 - near the Kentucky - Indiana border

Along US 421 in Milton, Kentucky.

Some Came Running (1958)

U.S. 421 - near the Kentucky - Indiana border

Approaching the Milton-Madison Bridge.

Some Came Running (1958)

U.S. 421 - near the Kentucky - Indiana border

Main Street (SR 56) – Madison, Indiana

In this scene, the bus is traveling through “Parkman, Indiana.”

Some Came Running (1958)

It was filmed along Main Street (State Road 56) in Madison. The corner building above, to the right of the bus driver, seems to have been a pharmacy. It is now a nightclub/bar called The Electric Lady.

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Madison, Indiana

Courthouse – Madison, Indiana

In this scene, Dave is surprised to find he has a traveling companion, a lovable floozy named Ginny, played by Shirley MacLaine.

Some Came Running (1958)

The scene was filmed on the east side of Madison, with the courthouse in the background. Through the bus windows in the photo above, the building that now houses a Dollar General, is visible.

Madison, Indiana

The Central Hotel – Madison, Indiana

Dave arrives in town, and immediately finds lodging at the “Parkman Hotel.”

Some Came Running (1958)

This probably was a hotel at one time. I “think” it currently isn’t, I have seen no listings for it as a hotel, just a bar/tavern, called the Central Hotel.

The Central Hotel - Madison, Indiana

Main Street (SR 56) – Madison, Indiana

Dave’s brother Frank is quite shook up about Dave’s arrival in town. Feeling somewhat guilty about placing his younger brother in a boys’ home (yet all the while completely justifying doing so), Frank fears that Dave’s presence will break down the prominent social status he and his wife Agnes have worked so hard to attain. Frank is the owner of a jewelry store bearing his name, which he inherited from his father-in-law.

Some Came Running (1958)

The location for Hirsh Jewelers was along Main Street in Madison. It is now a bookstore called Village Lights.

Madison, Indiana

Madison, Indiana

Dave also wastes no time finding the local drinking establishment, hanging out with people more of his own social status. He heads to Smitty’s Bar.

Some Came Running (1958)

You won’t be bellying up to the bar now, just a massage table. This appears to be a place called Complementary Health.

Madison, Indiana

Dave wastes no time in causing trouble, getting into a fight outside Smitty’s Bar.

Some Came Running (1958)

This scene actually did take place along the side of the building that is now Complementary Health.

Madison, Indiana

Dave is befriended by local professional gambler, Bama Dillert, played by Dean Martin. The house on the left, below, was used for Bama’s house, and exterior and interior scenes were filmed there.

Some Came Running (1958)

The cool thing about this house, is it is for sale, and on the Century 21 website it shows interior photos (thanks to Pat for the suggestion to check the website). Not a set…the scenes at Bama’s house were filmed inside. We are tempted to go to an open house!

Madison, Indiana

In this scene, Frank Hirsh is spending a little quality time with his secretary, parked down by the river.

Some Came Running (1958)

They are driving along Vaughn Drive in Madison, following the Ohio River, this one facing east.

Milton-Madison Bridge, US 421, Madison, Indiana

And now facing west.

Some Came Running (1958)

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Parker Auditorium, Hanover College, Indiana

In this scene, Ginny, who is madly in love with Dave, is on her way to see her rival for Dave’s affections, Gwen French. Gwen and her father, Robert, are prominent citizens of Parkman. Robert is a professor at the local university and Gwen is a schoolteacher who is a big fan of Dave’s two books. Anxious to meet Dave and discuss his work, Gwen and Dave are immediately smitten with each other. Gwen encourages Dave regarding his third story, and helps to get it published.

Ginny is on her way to (nicely) confront Gwen about her intentions with Dave and to back out if Gwen wants Dave. Gwen, fearing a commitment to Dave due to his lower class associates, drinking, and gambling, falsely assures Ginny she has no interest in Dave, other than professional.

Some Came Running (1958)

This scene was filmed at Hanover College, just west of Madison in Hanover, Indiana. From the same spot, trees now obscure the Parker Auditorium, visible in the above scene. I have also included a photo of Parker Auditorium, below.

Parker Auditorium, Hanover College - Hanover, Indiana

Parker Auditorium, Hanover College - Hanover, Indiana

Main Street (SR 56), Madison, Indiana

Bama and Dave are driving through town, while preparation is underway for a local carnival.

Some Came Running (1958)

The scene was shot on the east side of Madison, along Main Street.

Madison, Indiana

Ohio Theatre, Main Street, Madison, Indiana

Some Came Running (1958)

Some Came Running (1958)

Ohio Theatre - Madison, Indiana

Moffett Cemetery, Milton, Kentucky

In the interest of not revealing the ending, I won’t discuss the plot details any further…though it is obviously a funeral scene. It was filmed across the Ohio River in Milton, Kentucky, at the Moffett Cemetery.

It didn’t take us too long to find the area of the cemetery where this was filmed, it was fairly small, we could see it was close to the edge of the cliff, and there was a prominent monument in one scene, though we weren’t sure if it was a prop. There is a monument in the shot with Dean Martin that was a prop.

Some Came Running (1958)

It was a lot neater, with no overgrowth 51 years ago!

Moffett Cemetery - Milton, Kentucky

We looked out for this area, unsure of whether this monument was also a movie prop.

Some Came Running (1958)

It was real!

Moffett Cemetery - Milton, Kentucky

This view overlooks the Ohio River, with the Madison-Milton Bridge (US 421) to the right.

Some Came Running (1958)

Pat did the honors of stepping into Frank Sinatra’s role.

Moffett Cemetery - Milton, Kentucky

The monument behind Dean Martin is a prop.

Some Came Running (1958)

Moffett Cemetery - Milton, Kentucky

Main Street (SR 56) – Madison, Indiana

As we headed back into Madison, we noticed this marker commemorating “Some Came Running” and its stars.

And for those looking for some interesting tidbits, I have read where Frank Sinatra dreaded his time in Madison. He was not comfortable or happy with the idea of being stuck in such a small “hick” town. To help him tolerate his time in Madison, Frank wanted his best friend, Dean Martin, to accompany him and play professional gambler, Bama Dillert.

Dean was more than happy to oblige for his friend, and in fact, greatly enjoyed his time in Madison. Hailing from Steubenville, Ohio, Dean felt very much at home in the small, Midwest town of Madison. I have been to Steubenville also, and it is very similar to Madison.

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Indiana State Road 58

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Indiana State Road 58

Indiana State Road 58 is one of southwest Indiana’s best routes to travel when you’re in the mood to enjoy a road that isn’t straight as an arrow. Its 122 mile path cuts through the typical Indiana farmland, but it also winds you through parts of the Hoosier National Forest. It’s one of those roads where you want to find yourself on a weekend in the Fall. The colors can be spectacular.

IN-58 starts in Merom, Indiana, some 30 miles south of Terre Haute.

Merom is home to less than 300 citizens, but is also home to the Merom Conference Center. Opened in 1862 as the Union Christian College, the Merom Conference Center now serves as a retreat for the United Church of Christ.

IN-58 angles southeast out of Merom, crossing over US 41 at Carlisle, which is “home” to the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

IN-58 continues to zig-zag southeast to Freelandville.

58 straightens itself somewhat at Freelandville and cuts across to Elnora. A visit to Elnora isn’t complete without a visit to the Graham Farms Cheese store, located on the north end of Elnora on IN-57. East of Elnora, IN-58 starts to wind through the hills as it approaches Bedford.

Approaching Bedford, IN-58 follows IN-37 south for a short distance before heading east on its own in Bedford. Bedford, population 14,000, is noted as the Limestone Capital of the World. Limestone from Bedford can be found in structures such as the Empire State Building, the Pentagon, and the National Cathedral. Bedford also lays claim to a couple of historic highways as well: The Dixie Highway and US Route 50, traversing some 3,000 miles across the United States from Ocean City, Maryland to West Sacramento, California.

  

East of Bedford, IN-58 continues its twisty two-lane trek across parts of the Hoosier National Forest. This particular area is a good section to test your driving reflexes or just to see how well your car handles tight curves. :-) Plus, you get to see a wide array of warning signs along the way you won’t often see elsewhere.

Just up the road is the tiny town of Heltonville. Boasting a population of 1200, Heltonville is the boyhood home of Indiana basketball legend Damon Bailey. Bailey’s fame began when he was in 8th grade and Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight targeted him as a recruit to play for the Hoosiers in the years to come.

Bailey went on to set the Indiana state scoring record in basketball, which also garnered him the coveted title of “Mr. Basketball”, given to the state’s top senior hoops player. He eventually signed to play college ball at Indiana University. Today, Heltonville honors its native son with a limestone monument, which chronicles his achievements, in front of the grade school he attended.

Past Heltonville, IN-58 continues snaking through the countryside…

before entering Freetown, a town seemingly lost in time with its old time grocery…

and its gas station.

IN-58 begins to angle northeast out of Freetown for its remaining 17 miles through Spraytown…

Waymansville….

and finally Ogilville.

Indiana State Road 58 quietly ends its 122 mile journey just past the interchange with Interstate 65.

IN-58 has much to offer if you’re looking to kill a day with a drive. I highly suggest making this trip during the peak foliage season in October. It’ll give you a good dose of happiness before a loooong winter season.

Indiana State Road 75

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Anyone looking at a map of Indiana State Road 75 thinking it’s non-stop from US 40 west of Stilesville to its terminus some 78 miles north at Camden may be in for a surprise….like I was.

I wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary when I recently took a Sunday afternoon to explore this north-south route through Indiana’s western half. I’ll fill you in on that later. Like many of Indiana’s state highways in this area, IN-75 slices through Indiana’s rich farmland. It quietly begins its northern journey at US 40 a few miles west of Stilesville.

It skirts the east side of the Coatesville before taking a straight shot north where it intersects US 36 at New Winchester, which is little more than a grain elevator, a couple of businesses, and a smattering of homes. Standing as a tribute to gas stations of a bygone era quietly sits a relic on the northwest corner of US 36 & IN-75.

North of US 36, IN-75 curves through Hendricks County and has a series of 90 degree turns around various farms on its way into North Salem.

In North Salem sits the Eel River School, once an “all grades” school that now is North Salem Elementary. This is one of the few examples of a small town school that survived after consolidating with other small towns. There are many examples dotted throughout the Indiana landscape of former schools such as this that are sitting silent with shattered windows and overgrown weeds. The Eel River escaped that image.

Just past the town limits of North Salem on the west side of IN-75, a field has what appears to be an unnatural hill. Legend has it that when my grandmother was a little girl in the 1910’s, she’d play out in that field and would often find various Indian arrowheads and other articfacts like that. It’s always been thought this little hill is an ancient Indian mound.

Between North Salem and Jamestown, an abandoned section of IN-75 can be seen. Looking south here, old 75 is on the right and used to make a hard left turn over Big Walnut Creek before joining the current alignment of 75 on the left of the photo.

Entering Jamestown, the Tucker Auto Sales building sits on the southwest corner of US 136 and IN-75. Of note, US 136 through Indiana was one of the many alignments of the fabled Dixie Highway, the brainchild of Lincoln Highway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway founder Carl Fisher.  

North of Jamestown is the town of Advance (prounounced AD-vance in these parts).

Other than the intersecting of a couple of popularly named streets….

and a cool old DX Service Station…..

there’s not a lot going on in Advance these days.

Now, remember what I said about the surprise I encountered earlier with this route? Arriving in Thorntown….about halfway through IN-75’s length…..I encountered at IN-47 a sign that stated “End Indiana 75″.

Huh? How could this be? My maps looked as if it should piggyback IN-47 east and then resume north piggybacking IN-39 into Frankfort. A little cornfused, I followed what I thought should be the route up to Frankfort, which was some 17 miles. Following my route through Frankfort, I got my answer. IN-75 is essentially two highways. It restarts on the north side of Frankfort.

 Frankfort’s a neat little city of 16,000, and is the county seat of Clinton County Indiana. Frankfort is known for several things, one of them being the hot dog. No, Frankfort’s not a hot dog hub, but Frankfort High School’s nickname is the “Hot Dogs”. Every last weekend in July on Main Street in Frankfort you’ll find Frankfort’s Hot Dog Festival.

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Frankfort’s town square is very vibrant, with the beautiful Clinton County Courthouse as the centerpiece. On the northwest corner of the square are murals depicting Clinton County’s history. Part of one mural honors Frankfort’s favorite son, Will Geer, who portrayed Grandpa Walton on “The Waltons”. And no visit to Frankfort is complete without a visit to the Zachary Confection factory, located on the west end of Frankfort on IN-38. They’ve got a shop at the factory where you can purchase some of your favorite chocolate covered goodies when in need of some good “road food”.

IN-75 departs Frankfort and heads north for another 23 miles through Sedalia, Cutler, and Flora before REALLY ending in Camden.

Camden’s main drag through town is IN-218. It was a quiet little burg when I was through, but the old Masonic Lodge is worth a look, as is the local library with the cool old fire escape.

Thus ends our journey on Indiana State Road 75…..both of them!

Yeah, Rain Man definitely filmed here

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Here’s a compilation of screen shots from the 1988 film “Rain Man” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and photos of some of the locations, taken by me.

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge / Cincinnati – Covington

Here is a scene where they are crossing the Roebling Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky:

Crossing the Roebling Bridge between Ohio to Kentucky

Here is a photo I took of the bridge:

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge / Cincinnati - Covington Bridge

Pompilio’s Restaurant – Newport, Kentucky

There was a scene filmed at Pompilio’s Restaurant. Here is the exterior from the film:

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

I took this photo last year. It looks so much less barren now!

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Here’s the interior of the restaurant, a scene when they are ordering their pancakes from their waitress: Sally Dibbs…Dibbs, Sally. Interestingly, Bonnie Hunt also played another Sally, the Porsche in Pixar’s Cars!

I made an odd observation. If you look carefully, the floor and furniture look so much the same, but yet…different. The chairs were switched from green to red, and the floor was switched from red to green…

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Here’s a scene from the movie looking from the bar into one of the rooms of the restaurant (from above).

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

A close up of that dining room

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

The bar in the background

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

Pompilio's Restaurant - Newport, Kentucky

The Hearthstone Inn & Cabins – US 52, Metamora, Indiana

This scene where Raymond wouldn’t go out in the rain was supposed to take place on US 60 somewhere in Missouri. In reality, it was filmed at the Hearthstone Inn & Cabins on US 52 in Metamora, Indiana.

This first screen capture, from the movie, is of the restaurant to the left, and the cabin Charlie and Raymond are staying in is to the right (you can see the Buick in front of it)

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a shot of the restaurant from 2005. Where it says “The Hearthstone Restaurant” in the following photo, was where the cabin sat perpendicular in the movie (the restaurant buildings have been added onto).

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

This screen capture from the movie is essentially the same scene from above, only this is supposed to be the next morning. Also, you can see a number of small cabins up on the hill in back.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a closeup of the cabin, which now sits up on the hill, in front of the little cabins.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Here is a farther away shot of where the cabin sits now, behind where it was in the movie, and facing US 52.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

In this scene inside the cabin, Charlie’s impatience is growing as Raymond refuses to go outside in the rain. Note the neon restaurant sign in the background, just to Charlie’s right. That is the Hearthstone Inn sign, which sits along the north side of US 52 in Metamora, Indiana. The view out of this cabin is southeast.

Hearthstone Inn & Cabins - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

Hearthstone Restaurant - US 52, Metamora, Indiana

The Big 8 Motel – US 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Finally, the rain ends and back on the road they quest. Their next stay is at the Big 8 Motel, billed as “Amarillo’s Finest.” Actually, this motel was located in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Unfortunately, sometime after the movie, the property was sold and it became the nondescript “Deluxe Inn.” The beautiful neon sign was gone, the building had a horrendous paint job, and it was anything but deluxe…the condition of the motel in the movie was pretty good, but by the time I passed through in August 2000, it was in decline. It continued to worsen until the motel closed and was finally demolished.

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, OK

The gentleman in the screenshot below was the real owner of the Big 8 (he was in at least one Route 66 documentary I have seen). Under his ownership, the Big 8 was in good shape, but after he sold it, in started to decline.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

The following screen captures show the location of their room, 117. Nice touch to have room numbers in neon tubing above the doorways.

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

Big 8 Motel - Route 66, El Reno, Oklahoma

The room number was still 117, but all of the neon tubing was gone.

Deluxe Inn - Route 66, El Reno, OK

Guthrie, Oklahoma

The scenes filmed in Guthrie were as Charlie stopped (again) to use a phone booth to conduct business, Raymond leaves the car and attempts to cross a street in search of K-mart. Halfway through the intersection, the “walk” sign changes to “don’t walk,” prompting Raymond to stop in his tracks, disrupting traffic and forcing Charlie to seek medical / psychiatric help…probably as much for himself as Raymond.

Arriving in town…heading east on Oklahoma Avenue from the west end of town

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Oklahoma Avenue, just west of Division Street

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Oklahoma Avenue and Division Street

This scene was filmed with Raymond walking north on Division Street at its intersection with Oklahoma Avenue (our view is to the south).

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Raymond is still facing north on Division Street, while we are looking east down Oklahoma Avenue

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

Charlie takes Raymond to a doctor

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, Oklahoma

The above scene was filmed inside this space in the building at the northeast corner of Oklahoma Avenue and Division Street. Raymond is sitting in front of the window that diagonally faces the intersection.

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

You can see the building in the photo below is visible in the window behind Raymond, which is located on the southwest corner of Oklahoma and Division (it’s the same building he passed when he first crossed the street).

Rain Man filming location - Guthrie, OK

All of the above scenes in Guthrie were filmed very compactly at this corner, or steps away.

Running to Madison

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We had a nice Saturday afternoon trip down to Madison, Indiana for some fudge and burgers. Due to some time constraints, we had to jump on the interstate heading down, but got off onto US 31 in Columbus and took IN-7 into Madison.

 

Due to the fact the Madison Fudge Factory closed at 5pm, we had less than a half hour to get in and get our fix of sugary goodness. The Factory’s HIGHLY recommended by us, as we’ve tried all the fudge shops in Madison….but we still buy from all of them anyway!

Next up was dinner at Hinkle’s Hamburgers on Main Street, an institution in Madison dating back to 1933. We were taken aback when our order arrived and the burgers were rather on the smallish side, but that did not deter from the quality of the meal. We’ll just know to order TWO each next time, as their prices are more than reasonable. They were maybe a tick larger than a White Castle burger, but without the side effects. ;-)

After our grub at Hinkle’s, we strolled to the east end of Main at US 421, then crossed over to the south side of Main and walked it back to the west end of Main. We took a lot of photos so we can, sometime in the future, compare them to some scenes in the 1958 film “Some Came Running”, with Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, which was filmed in Madison.

We ended up back at the car near the Broadway Hotel, built in 1834.

The lady behind the front desk was kind enough to give us a key so we could look at the only vacant room of the ten they have, and it was like stepping back in time. It definitely had an 1800’s feel to it….all for $109/night on weekends & $85/night throughout the week.

From there, we loaded in the car and made our way towards the Ohio River for a couple of photos before making the 100 mile journey back home on US 421

The rest of my pics can be found on my flickr site, and Jennifer’s can be found here on her site.

Some Came Running…for fudge?

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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine didn’t go running to Madison, Indiana for fudge, but every once in a while, we do.

Madison, Indiana is a neat town in southern Indiana with very nice architecture, shops, and dining. It sits right on the Ohio River and was the filming location for the 1958 film “Some Came Running,” starrring the aforementioned celebrities.

It was a nice day, we felt like getting out, so we drove down to Madison to pick up some fudge at the Madison Fudge Factory & Guest Suites. They have two guest suites upstairs, and the evening turn-down service includes fudge samples. Don’t quote me, but I think a night’s stay includes a half or full pound of fudge, as well. The shop also sells jellies, jams, salsas, and they have a separate area, which serves as a toy shop.

Madison Fudge Factory - Madison, Indiana

After getting our requisite supply of fudge, we parked on Broadway and walked along Main Street. We passed by the Ohio Theatre, which annually plays “Some Came Running.”

Ohio Theatre - Madison, Indiana

They also had a star embedded in the sidewalk (reminiscent of the “Hollywood Walk of Fame”) paying permanent tribute to the film and its stars.

"Some Came Running" sidewalk star - Ohio Theatre, Madison, Indiana

We went by the Madison Bank and Trust Company, which is a really neat building. The date on the top is “1833.”

Madison Bank & Trust Company, Madison, Indiana

We had dinner at Hinkle Hamburgers, and since I was craving a hamburger, I ordered one. To my surprise, they were small, similar to White Castle’s hamburgers. I was starving, so I ordered another! They were very good!

Hinkle Hamburgers - Madison, Indiana

As sunset approached, we walked back to the car and saw the Broadway Hotel. This place looks like an interesting place to stay. It looks very close to its original 1800’s style. The rooms don’t have many modern amenities like phone, television, or internet service, but they do have the modern essentials of air conditioning and indoor plumbing!

Broadway Hotel - Madison, Indiana

They let us see a room, and we walked up the narrow, creaky staircase. Amazingly, the doors have actual keys!

Broadway Hotel - Madison, Indiana

We drove over to the Milton-Madison Bridge, which carries traffic on US 421.

Milton-Madison Bridge, US 421, Madison, Indiana

We drove back home and passed by the Moon-Lite Motel in Versailles (which, in Indiana, is pronounced veer-SALES, not to be confused with vehr-SIGH in France). We saw this motel several years ago and thought it was really cute, with a terrific neon sign too. It was dark, so the neon sign was aglow. I prefer photographing neon at dusk, when there is still ambient light and the sky is a perfect indigo, but you have to take what you can get!

Moon-Lite Motel - Versailles, Indiana

Interestingly, last week, we stopped by here as well. We were visiting several apple orchards in Indiana and felt that we wanted to spend the night out, even though we had no luggage and were less than two hours from home! In fact, we were almost back in Indianapolis, when we decided to turn around and head down to spend the night. Of course, Article 7.4.1 of Murphy’s Law clearly stated that the sign would be reading “NO VACANCY.”

This time, we were strictly passing through on the way home (and of course, Article 7.4.2 of Murphy’s Law dictated that this time, the sign read “VACANCY”). We stopped in to speak with the owner, and she gave us a short tour and history of the property.

We continued home and always looking ahead for cool neon (or other retro) signs, I saw some neon glowing down the road. Signaling Pat to slow, down, we saw the Damm Theatre, in Osgood, Indiana. The alternating blinking lights on the bottom were not on, but the neon was. I stepped out of the car with my camera in hand, and as I adjusted my settings, the blinking lights came on, as if on cue!

Damm Theatre - Osgood, Indiana

We then made the rest of the trip back to Indianapolis. For more photos from Madison, Indiana (taken on various dates), visit my Flickr site: Madison, Indiana

November 2007: AMERICAN ROAD Magazine – Indiana Cool Roads Cruise

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October 2007: AMERICAN ROAD Fall Cruise – Preview

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July 2005: Road Trip to Nashville, Tennessee

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We drove down to Madison, Indiana first to go to our favorite fudge shop, the Madison Fudge Factory & Guest Suites. What a great way to start the trip than with fudge, and theirs is among the best! As we crossed the Ohio River on U.S. 42, we noticed the Madison Regatta was taking place. Traffic was stopped on the bridge, so we got to see some of the power boats doing their thing on the Ohio River as we crossed on 421.

 Madison Regatta - Madison, Indiana

We took U.S. 421 down to the Bluegrass Parkway in Kentucky over to US 31W. We stopped off at the Wigwam Village in Cave City, only to find a banner stating “Back By Popular Demand…Under New Management”. This made us a little nervous, as we knew how hard owner Ivan John worked to bring the Wigwam back to its former glory. We found a young man, appearing to be in his 20’s, behind the counter. We had brought the American Road issue from last year that featured the Wigwam as the Memory Motel to give to Ivan. We asked the young man if he was the owner and he said he and his uncle were. They purchased it from Ivan this past April, as he retired and moved to Hawaii. We showed him the magazine, told him who we were, and he seemed very grateful we brought the magazine by. He seemed like a bright guy, so Jennifer & I seemed to think later Ivan wouldn’t have sold it to anyone who didn’t share his vision. Time will tell.

 Crossland Motel - Bowling Green, Kentucky

We rolled into Nashville early in the evening and finally found a good mom & pop motel on US 70S in town. The Midway Motel was a nice little place, as the owner graciously let us look at a room first. It was clean, no bugs, and the king size bed had its own zip code! However, just looking for picture of the place on Google, I found a story where someone was murdered there last August…3 rooms down from ours. Gee, that soiled our view of the place! OK, we then went downtown to Broadway where all the honky tonks are. The crowd down there was unique…a mix of halter tops and cowboy hats, women passing out passes to their “clubs”, and a couple of party buses driving around. The neon was pretty good though. We ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe and then called it a night.

Dixieland Delights Candy & Nuts - Nashville, Tennesse

The Stage on Broadway - Nashville, Tennessee

On Sunday, we went around Nashville for a bit and took some photos of old signs.

The Drake Motel - Nashville, Tennessee

Soap Opera Laundry - Nashville, Tennessee

We headed east out of Nashville on U.S. 70. Jennifer had some fun with Streets & Trips planning this trip, and it was worth it in the end. We saw some awesome scenery that you wouldn’t have seen on the interstate…and we even ran over a snake slithering across the road. Just don’t anyone tell Bob Waldmire about it, OK?

We first went through Lebanon…

Dix's Plaza Motor Lodge - U.S. 70, Lebanon, Tennessee

Capitol Theatre - U.S. 70, Lebanon, Tennessee

We followed U.S. 70N, to TN 53 north. We followed TN 53 until it became KY 61. We followed that until we turned east onto KY 90, then U.S. 127.

Wolf Creek Dam - U.S. 127, near Manntown, Kentucky

We then saw a place called Granny’s Ice Cream & Soda Fountain, as well as Pioneer Antiques and Collectibles. We stopped there and looked around at the antiques and had some ice cream.We followed U.S. 127 to KY 49 north to KY 78, to KY 243. On KY 243, we saw a snake slithering across the road and unfortunately, couldn’t stop in time to avoid it. Amber has seen the photo Pat took of the snake, and she has named him Snakey.

RIP Snakey

And thanks to Denny Gibson, we stopped in at Penn’s Store for some good local chat and a visit with the many feline friends there. The place is as deep in the hills of Kentucky as one could get, but the stop was worth it.

Penn's Store - KY 243, Gravel Switch, Kentucky

Feline Inhabitants at Penn's Store - Gravel Switch, Kentucky

We then headed up U.S. 68, toward the town of High Bridge, KY, named after the railroad bridge crossing the Kentucky River.

High Bridge, Kentucky

High Bridge, Kentucky

We continued on U.S. 68 for a short time, until we turned on KY 169, then to KY 33. Then we turned east onto U.S. 62 and north onto U.S. 127. We continued north on Bypass U.S. 127 until we reached U.S. 60 in Frankfort, and headed west on U.S. 60.

By this time, it was getting late in the day, and although we had intended on being back in Indy by nightfall, we were looking at 11 pm at the earliest, so we decided to find a place for the night. We continued on U.S. 60 into Louisville, then crossed into Indiana on U.S. 31. We pulled off at a motel off US 31 in Clarksville, IN.

Today, we took US 150 west and had a decent breakfast at Frannie’s Diner in Palmyra, IN. We were getting anxious to get home, so we took IN-337 to Orleans where we jumped on IN-37 up to Indy, with a stop in Bedford for frozen custard.

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