Indiana: DeKalb County

DeKalb County (pop. 42,223) is south of Steuben County and just west of Ohio.

It’s one of six DeKalb counties in the U.S., all named for Johann von Robais, Baron de Kalb (1721-1780), a French military officer who served as a major general in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War.

He died in the Battle of Camden.

The county seat of DeKalb County is the city of Auburn (pop. 13,086).

DeKalb County Courthouse (1905)

Auburn is known as the “Home of the Classics” because of its history of producing luxury automobiles. The Auburn Automobile Company was founded in Auburn and went out of business in 1937.

The Auburn Automobile Company made Duesenberg cars from 1926 until Duesenberg folded in 1937.

1931 Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, located in the company’s former buildings, has a collection of about 125 vehicles.

The former showroom

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival is held annually on Labor Day weekend.

The Parade of Classics

Auburn is also the home of the Early Ford V-8 Foundation and Museum, “preserving 1932-1953 Ford history.”

Founded in 1991

Auburn is one of four communities in DeKalb County (along with Butler, Garrett, and Waterloo) with community mausoleums, built between 1914 and 1922. All are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Roselawn Cemetery, Auburn

The city of Garrett (pop. 6,286) was the hometown of silent film star John Bowers (born John Bowersox in 1885), whose career collapsed with the beginning of “talkies” and who apparently committed suicide in 1936 in the Pacific Ocean near Malibu.

On the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Amtrak’s “Capitol Limited” (between Washington, D.C., and Chicago) and “Lake Shore Limited” (between New York City and Chicago) stop in the town of Waterloo (pop. 2,242) – each one daily, in both directions.

2-3 hours from Chicago

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4 comments on “Indiana: DeKalb County

  1. Jim Freschi says:

    Hi Pat, I’ve heard the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Museum is really neat, I hope to see it one day. Maybe I can make it a two-fer with the Ford flathead museum!

  2. dot says:

    The classics parade would make Auburn a place to visit!

  3. loisgrunwald says:

    The Lakeshore Limited is a great train. I may be taking it again this year. I wonder if the Duesenberg Torpedo Phaeton was featured in the film The Great Gatsby. Silent film stars suffered when talkies appeared. Sad story.

  4. What a neat-looking car. Also, I feel like you’re cheating by including a picture of Chicago.

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