RV Hall of FAME MUSEUM in Elkhart, Indiana

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July 9, 2015

Highlights  from the  RV  Hall of Fame Museum  is the  last of 4  postings of my  trip to Elkhart County, Indiana.  Even though I have no long term interests in RV life, I thoroughly enjoyed  this museum.  The units on display  ranged from brand new to  the first of it’s kind from 1913,  from  wonderfully vintage to I-wouldn’t-be-caught-dead-in-that.   It’s all part of the adventure!  Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face  are my favorites  for various reasons:

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Road Best Traveled to the history of RV’s

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Only permanent residents of the RV Museum.

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Mae West was given this  1931  Chevrolet   Housecar  by Paramount Studios.

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1931 Ford Model AA  Camp Truck with luxury  driver seating and interior.

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1954 Holiday Rambler

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1955 Ranger Fiberglass Pop Up with a side under rear bed.

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1937 Hunt Housecar  (resembles a rolly poly bug )

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Only 3 made before the Crash of 1929,  this  is a 1928 Pierce Arrow Housecar

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1935 Covered Wagon 17 Foot Travel Trailer  with a  leatherette exterior and a canvas covered roof.

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Can’t miss this coming down the road – 1974  GMC  Motor Home

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1954  Spartan Mobile Home – 8 feet wide and 48 feet long

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Ugly award has to go to this 1988 Star  Streak II

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Just a couple random interiors for a step back in time.

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Lastly, this Westwood Coronado was bought in 1947 ( for $3200.)  by John Culp after he came home from WWII.   He used it for 65 years traveling the USA,  living in it full time ( from 1947 until 1957 when he married)  or part time as a snow bird.  John was a charter member of the “Tin Can Tourist ” vintage trailer club.  His trailer  was in several TV documentaries about  vintage trailer life.

Hope you enjoyed  your condensed  trip to the RV Hall of Fame Museum!

Thanks for reading!

LINTON’S ENCHANTED GARDEN in Elkhart, Indiana

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Enjoyably unique sights to be seen….

July 8, 2015

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana  was  a must-see while I was exploring  the Amish Community of  Elkhart County.   It was like nothing I had ever seen before and  vastly exceeded my expectations!  Entrance to Linton’s  is free for,  in reality, it is a home and garden center.   They have  flowers, plants, bushes, trees, statuary,  gifts, chocolates,  jewelry and that’s only  the beginning.  There is also a cafe, petting zoo, train rides, paddle boat rides , kids play area and  gem stone mining.  Plus the greatest stroll  ever through their  incredible and imaginative  grounds.    I easily whiled away  a couple of hours as I had to be sure I didn’t miss anything.  Be ready to smile and feel  the kid in you come to the surface as you meander  through the gardens….

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Pond inside the gift shop fully stocked with koi.

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Also inside the gift shop, though I couldn’t  find a price tag on it.

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Victorian  set among the flowers.

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Linton’s version of Area 51 !

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Every nook and cranny had an idea behind it and then took it a step further.

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Pagoda time

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The  Lost Mine to  compliment the gem stone mining.

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I need one of these  in my  garden.

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Paddle boating with grace.

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Cottage with topiaries.

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Trains ride.

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Barn for the topiary animals.

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Friendly bear waves at the passersby.

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Lastly,  a bench  with  the greatest eco-friendly umbrella  to sit a spell and reflect on how many purchases  you can fit in the car.

Thanks for reading  !  Hope you enjoyed Linton’s!

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