May 26-27 2018

You better watch out, you better not cry! This has to be IN 162 near Santa Claus, Ind. The town is home to many theme attractions and amusement parks. The Postal Service does not allow any other towns named Santa Claus, because it creates too much holiday mail.

This has to be IN 162 heading west to Lincoln State Park. The park has one of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood homes. His family moved from Kentucky to Indiana because they had economic competition from slave owners, and because Kentucky hadn't been properly surveyed, causing the Lincolns to be sued by out-of-state residents claiming title for the land. (Indiana has a more orderly survey system, and slavery was banned there by the Northwest Ordinance.)

To go the other way on this upgraded stretch of US 231/IN 62, you actually have to make a U-turn. But I was busy clearing spam from my (very cheap) smartphone, since this was right when Outlook adopted new pro-spam policies to appease some new European Union regulation. (Why do EU rules apply in America?)

This monument in Dale, Ind., marks the birthplace of Florence Henderson. She gave us the classic line, "So much for third place!" That was from the episode of The Brady Bunch where Alice smashed the bust of Mike and the kids got blamed for it.

But Florence Henderson had a mullet.

West on IN 62 in Dale. This was once part of IN 68.

IN 56/61 approaching I-69 near Petersburg.

Looking northeast on I-69 from IN 56/61.

This mural in Petersburg commemorates baseball legend Gil Hodges.

IN 61 in Monroe City.

Northwest on Wabash Avenue in Vincennes!

Wabash at Washington Avenue. The stretch ahead is brick.

East on Washington. This was once US 50.

An unspecified road in Vincennes.

Vincennes is the hometown of Red Skelton. For those who don't know who Red Skelton was, he was sort of like Soupy Sales without all the pies in the face. Despite overpowering evidence to the contrary, Skelton accused CBS of canceling his TV show because he was a Republican.

They have a Red Skelton museum!

Hart Street at 2nd.

Southwest on 2nd. This city of 18,000 was the capital of Indiana when it was still a territory.

The approach to the Lincoln Memorial Bridge, a 1933 span that crosses the Wabash River to Illinois. Wikipedia says this is part of Biz US 50, but it was signed only as IN 441. It was once US 50.

Looking onto the bridge!

This stop sign on Church Street at 2nd has seen less funny days.

A good view of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge.

A Red Skelton mural looms on 3rd Street.

Crossing the bridge to Illinois!

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