The Matthias and Kline Building in Cambridge City


Cambridge City Mainstreet, Inc. has recently reduced the price of a very important piece of Cambridge City’s history! The Matthias and Kline building at 12 W. Main St. represents an important time in the town’s history. In the 1840s Cambridge City was projected to be a major center of trade because the newly constructed Whitewater Canal intersected the well-traveled National Road!  During this canal building craze Jacob Matthias and Beneville Kline expanded their dry goods business in Cambridge City while starting a canal line that ran from Cincinnati to Cambridge City. Their business was short lived but they left a lasting legacy with the construction of a downtown building circa 1844. Not only is this historic building one of Cambridge City’s oldest extant buildings but it has an amazing mural, painted by Pamela Bliss, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train passing through the area! Don’t miss your chance to own this highly visible piece of National Road history in Cambridge City’s downtown business district!

For more information on this listing…check out the following links:

Indiana Landmarks Website


Coldwell Banker – Lingle

This information brought to you by the Indiana National Road Association



Puffs Antiques – US 40 Indiana

Puffs Antiques US 40

Hey there everyone!

I came across this picture when doing some research on US 40 for our book….and I couldn’t find any information Puff’s Antiques.

Does anyone have any further information on it.  Does it still exist?  Where was it located?  Who owned it?  Etc.

I would greatly appreciate any input that you may have.

Thank you so much!


National Road – Movie Night – Brazil IN


Brazil, IN – The Clay County Historical Society (CCHS) is hosting a National Road Movie Night in partnership with the Moore Funeral Home and the Walnut Theater. The National Road documentary Movers and Stakers will be shown on July 10th at 7:00 PM in the Walnut Theater. It is free to the public. The historic theater is located right on the National Road at 24 S Walnut St and is locally owned and operated.

Movers and Stakers tells 13 historic stories of people and places on the National Road. Movers were people who migrated west and stakers developed towns, churches, colleges and industry. This documentary focuses on the stretch of the National road between Richmond and Terre Haute.

“We are promoting U.S. 40 so people realize the heritage and importance U.S. 40 played in our history,” CCHS president Vicki Mace said about the movie night.


To learn more about the great city of Brazil, Indiana as well….  CLICK HERE

Dine and Drive The National Road


Dine and Drive the National Road is a unique culinary trail  in the form of a passport booklet from Richmond to Terre Haute featuring locally owned eateries! Establishments included in the passport include ice cream shops, restaurants, breweries and more.
Many locations offer a special discount or deal for passport holders.
The passport will be available at all participating restaurants and various other select locations.
Please follow this link to check out the official site and learn more about where to get your Passport and more about the eating establishments along the Historic National Road in INDIANA!!

Huddleston Jar and Antique Market


A Jar/Bottle Collector Show and Antique Market will be held on the historic grounds of the Huddleston Farmhouse located on the Historic National Road! John Huddleston, a Wayne County businessman and farmer, constructed the federal style house in 1841. The property functioned as both a farmhouse and an inn for traveler’s on the National Road. If you want to learn more tours of the house will be available at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Join us on Saturday June 10th to shop for historic bottles and jars and a variety of other antiques at this National Road Landmark. The Jar and Antique Market is presented by Marty Troxell, Richard Leece, and the Indiana National Road Association.

JUNE 10, 2017 9 AM TO 3 PM

For additional information please contact the Jar and Antique Market Co-Chairs:
Marty Troxell 765-478-3800
Richard Leece 765-586-2798

Jar Show Vendors:

A spot or table in the Jar Show area can be purchased for $30.00. This includes a one day rental for an 8 foot table. Additional tables can be rented for $10.00 a piece (limited to 2 extra tables). Vendors may bring their own tables if they wish and purchase a 10′ x 20′ area for $30.00 (see below).

Antique Area Vendors:
Antique vendor spaces (10′ x 20′ area) can be purchased for $30.00. Areas will be marked out on the lawn of the Huddleston House.


Please visit Cambridge City Main Street’s website for additional information about Cambridge City and things to do downtown! The Wayne County Convention And Tourism Bureau has information on great things to do in Wayne County and lodging information.

If you have additional questions about the Huddleston Farmhouse or the area please contact Michael Flowers at 317-822-7939.

The McGuire Mansion – Richmond Indiana


The folks at the nonprofit Richmond Neighborhood Restoration (RNR) found the McGuire House listed for sale on Craigslist. It looked like exactly the sort of property whose turn-around would act as a revitalization catalyst for the old “Millionaire’s Row” area of Main Street. RNR bought and restored the 1901 house in the East Main St./Glen Miller Park Historic District on the Historic National Road, and now it could be yours!

A recent Thursday night open house drew around 200 people who explored the rehabilitated mansion. Dr. Adam Reising of Burkhart and Reising, whose office is located just across Main Street, sponsored the open house to help RNR kick-start the marketing of the McGuire House.

Mayor Dave Snow spoke at the open house about the positive impact of RNR’s rehab projects. In 2016, the group rehabbed the William Bockhoff House, a 1906 American Foursquare built by a major industrialist in Richmond of the early nineteenth century. Indiana Landmarks presented the group with our regional Outstanding Historic Preservation Organization Award at the open house, a testament to RNR’s accomplishments since its founding in 2014.

The McGuire House, RNR’s second project, represents something of a leap. The group bought the 3,722 square-foot Free Classic-style mansion and transformed it in less than a year, retaining the original architectural features, inside and out.

Local architect Stephen O. Yates designed the house with an eye-grabbing turret on the western end and impressive front porch with Ionic columns. The interior features patterned inlaid floors and handsome fireplaces. You’ll find more information about the history of the house, along with a before and after photo gallery, on RNR’s Website

The McGuire House, 1903 E. Main Street, is listed for $247,500 by Jamie Clark, Associate Broker at Lingle Real Estate (Get all the details here). Once RNR sells the house, it will be on the hunt for its next project.

63rd Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show


The Largest Sport Show in the Nation! Features over 700,000 square feet of the latest in boats, RVs, ATVs, fishing tackle and charters, fishing seminars with the Pros, travel destinations, the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, K-9 X Games and much more.

Serves as the home of the 26th Annual Indiana Motorcycle Expo (2/17-2/19) and the 20th Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo (2/23-2/26).

Location Information

Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Dates & Times

  • Feb 17–26, 2017

January 19th – Popcorn Day


The Hoosier 40 is HAPPY to participate in the FUN Holiday – Popcorn Day!!!

We do it by celebrating the one…the only…Orville Redenbacher!!

Orville Redenbacher was born on July 16, 1907, in Brazil, Indiana (which happens to be on US Hwy 40) and studied agronomy at Purdue University. After graduation, he ran a profitable fertilizer company and in his free time focused on creating the perfect popcorn. He sold the kernels from the back of his car and eventually appeared on television selling what is now known as Orville Redenbacher Popcorn. He died on September 19, 1995, in Coronado, California.

Early Life & Studies

Entrepreneur Orville Redenbacher was born on July 16, 1907, in Brazil, Indiana, and grew up on a small corn farm. As a child, he was active in the local 4-H chapter. After graduating in the top 5 percent of his high school class, Redenbacher went on to Purdue University, where he joined Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and studied agronomy.

Early Career

Redenbacher worked as a Vigo County Farm Bureau Extension agent in Terre Haute, Indiana and at Princeton Farms in Princeton, Indiana. He also ran a very successful fertilizer company and became quite wealthy. Since childhood, Redenbacher had had a single obsession: creating the perfect popping corn. As an adult, he dedicated all his free time to developing a new strain of popping corn. He eventually settled on a type and went into business with Charlie Bowman.

Redenbacher Popcorn

The two named their new hybrid corn RedBow, but were persuaded to change the name by an advertising agency. The result, Orville Redenbacher Popcorn, struck gold. At first, Redenbacher sold the kernels from the back of his car. Around 1972, however, Redenbacher began appearing in television commercials, as himself, hawking his new popcorn. He even appeared on the television show To Tell the Truth where he stumped panelists such as Kitty Carlisle Hart, Peggy Cass and Joe Garagiola.

Initially bought by Hunt-Wesson Foods in 1976, Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, through a series of business buy-outs, settled under the umbrella of giant ConAgra. Redenbacher continued to appear in television commercials, sometimes with his grandson, Gary. Immediately recognizable by his white hair, bow tie and glasses, Redenbacher became a beloved pitchman. Consumers were confused as to whether or not he was an actor, so Redenbacher appeared on television talk shows to clear up the confusion.


Orville Redenbacher died in Coronado, California, on September 19, 1995. He had suffered a heart attack while in his Jacuzzi and drowned. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.


January 19 is Popcorn Day, a day to organize an impromptu movie night, just so that you can enjoy a tub or two of crunchy, salty and buttery popcorn. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, treat yourself to some delicious caramel popcorn.

The unofficial holiday is also sometimes celebrated on the day of the Super Bowl in the United States, where it is called National Popcorn Day.

Popping Corn

Popcorn is a snack made by heating corn or maize kernels. When heated – either in a microwave oven or on the stovetop – the hull on the outside of the kernels break or “pop” creating the delicious snack we call popcorn.

Long and Varied History

Popcorn has a very long and varied history. Historians believe that corn whose kernels could be popped was first cultivated around 5000 B.C.E in Mexico. Archeologists have found evidence of first popcorn maker – a utensil with holes and a handle – dating back to 400 C.E. in Peru.

In many indigenous cultures, corn and popcorn were used for religious purposes and decoration.

Popular Movie Theater Snack

Popcorn became popular in the US around the early 1900s when it was sold on street corners under the name of Pearls. Now a popular movie theater snack, theater owners initially were against serving popcorn in their premises. During the depression, however, popcorn became one of the few luxuries that people could afford forcing theater owners to start selling popcorn. Today, it is a huge part of the movie experience.

Popcorn’s fortunes fell as VCRs became popular and people started watching films at home. The invention of microwave oven popcorn and home popcorn machines once again brought popcorn into the lives of movie aficionados.

Popcorn is also often used for decoration and as packaging material.

How to Celebrate?

  • Add popcorn to all your meals today. Start the day with popcorn cereal – add milk, honey or maple syrup to popcorn. Sprinkle some popcorn on your lunch salad instead of croutons. Replace Rice Krispies in Rice Krispie treats with popcorn to make sweet treats for your evening snack. Use crushed popcorn instead of breadcrumbs to coat your breadcrumbed chicken breast for dinner. And end the day with some ice cream topped with chocolate and caramel popcorn.
  • Host a movie night and have a popcorn bar for your guests. May we recommend serving parmesan and bacon popcorn, jalapeño popcorn, curry popcorn, maple-pecan popcorn, cake batter popcorn and chocolate popcorn, in addition to the original butter popcorn?

Did You Know…

…that popcorn is the official snack food of the State of Illinois, United States?

Devour Indy


About Devour Indy

Experience Indy’s city wide dining experience, Devour Indy, from Monday, Jan. 23 – Sunday, Feb. 5 at more than 200 restaurants offering three-course, value-priced menus. Search the impressive list of eateries and menus by side of town (downtown, east, midtown, north, south or west) or cuisine type. To take advantage of these special meal deals, simply determine which restaurant you would like to visit, make reservations if needed and Devour Indy!

For More Details – Click Here

Q: What is Devour Indy?
A: Devour Indy allows diners to take advantage of three-course, value-priced menus at participating restaurants twice a year (winter and summer) for two weeks.

Q: When will Devour Indy take place?
A: Twice a year – once in the winter and once in the summer – for two weeks each. The inaugural Devour Indy events in 2017 will be held from Monday, Jan. 23 – Sunday, Feb 5 and Monday, Aug. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 3.

Q: How do I participate in Devour Indy?
A: Simply review the list of participating restaurants and menus, determine where you want to dine, make reservations if necessary and enjoy a three-course, value-priced meal. No coupons or passes are needed to participate.

Q: Should I make a reservation?
A: Reservations are not required but are highly recommended. On each restaurant’s menu, you will be able to see if the eatery accepts reservations or not.

Q: What happened to Devour Downtown, Devour Northside and Chow Down Midtown?
A: Devour Indy includes all sides of the Circle City – including areas previously covered by Devour Downtown, Devour Northside and Chow Down Midtown. By expanding to a city wide event, more restaurants will be able to participate.

Q: How does my restaurant participate in Devour Indy?
A: Devour Indy is organized by the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association. Please send an email to or call 317.673.4211.

Q: How can my company become a sponsor of Devour Indy?
A: Please send an email to or call 317.673.4211.

Q: Who should I contact regarding media inquiries?
A: Please send an email to or call 317.400.1983.

1/13/2017 – Make Your Dreams Come True Day


January 13 is Make your Dreams Come True Day. If you have been procrastinating on fulfilling your dream, this is your chance to get things right.

This unofficial holiday with unknown origins encourages people to be proactive about achieving what they want in life.

Dreams That Inspire

Dreams are a part of life. We all dream when we sleep, but most of us don’t remember them the next day. No matter how big or small, there are some dreams that inspire us and allow us to make our lives better. It is these dreams that Make your Dreams Come True Day celebrates. Dreams that motivate us to do better, encourage us to take on more challenges, and energize us to succeed in our lives – professionally and personally.

How to Celebrate?

  • Get started on making your dream come true.
  • Talk to someone who inspires you.
  • Make an inspiration board with images and words relating to your dream.
  • Write down your dream, make a project plan, and create deadlines for you to work towards.

Our Dream…to finish “The Hoosier 40” this year!   I think we can…I think we can…I think we can…