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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Explore County Bicentennial Activities > DeKalb County DeKalb County

DeKalb County Courthouse
Q&A with County Coordinator Shannon Carpenter

What do you consider the key accomplishment(s) of your county’s Bicentennial celebration?

  • Focusing on the wide range of history and current culture of our county.

What Legacy Project do you most like to tell people about, and why?

  • The Heart of Our Park. The community was able to rally around the Eckhart Public Library to support the renovation of the library's historic fountain and celebrate its return to the library park during the Bicentennial year. It was very special to see the community's appreciation of culture and to know that the fountain will be flowing for generations to come.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your county's Bicentennial celebration.

  • Seeing so many people in downtown Auburn enjoying the Sculptures on the Square III: The Magic of Metal.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your county's celebration?

  • Information is preserved at the Willennar Genealogy Center: A Service of Eckhart Public Library.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • Hundreds.

Estimated total attendance.

  • Hundreds.

DeKalb County Legacy Projects

DeKalb County Facts

The county was named for the heroic General Johann de Kalb, a Continental Army officer from Bavaria, who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina.

The Garrett Railroad MuseumThe Garrett Railroad Museum

Formerly the Baltimore & Ohio railroad freight station, the museum is located alongside the CSX railroad tracks. The station has been restored to reflect a typical rural railroad station of the early 1900s.

Find displayed many relics, curios, photographs, and railroad items that tell the story of Garrett’s rich history. The basement of the museum houses an HO scale model railroad layout. Outside is an actual railroad post office car and a Chesapeake & Ohio caboose.

Spencerville Covere BridgeSpencerville Covered Bridge
Visit the 138-year-old Spencerville Covered Bridge. Built in 1873, it is the only remaining  covered bridge in DeKalb County. It was placed on the National Historical Registry in 1981.

DeKalb County, Indiana is the “Hub of Transportation Heritage” and the home of multiple transportation museums showcasing classic automobiles, trucks, aircraft, a military collection, railroad memorabilia, local art, county history, and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

1938 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, graciously donated by Charles and Margret Blackman of Okemos, Michigan.Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
More than a building filled with over 120 automobiles and related artifacts, it also contains a wealth of historic information pertaining to Auburn Automobile Company, Duesenberg, Inc., Cord Corporation, Auburn Automobiles, Cord Automobiles, Duesenberg Automobiles, Auburn Automobile Company executives, and more.

Old Standards and Spicy New Pickle Varieties

Sechler’s Pickles been perfecting the art and science of making pickles for almost a century. Savor 54 pickles, relishes and salsa! For all the technical advances in food processing in recent years, many of their processes have changed little or not at all.

County Seat: Auburn
Year Organized: 1835
Square Miles: 362.82