Sunday, May 20, 2018


Columbus, IN Plant
Columbus, IN

Cummins Diesel Engine
There's no mistaking that Columbus, Indiana is a predominately Cummins Diesel town, history and all.   The bright red colors in the Cummins logo seem to pop up everywhere.   It's understandable since Cummins employs over 55,000 team members throughout the USA as well as 7 continents.  Not too bad for a company with $20.4 billion in sales in 2017!

Cummins Statue in Downtown Columbus
These red sculptures, found throughout Columbus, were created by Ruth Migdal of Chicago.  These abstract steel painted sculptures were a part of the Columbus Biennial for 2 years and in 2016 the City made them a permanent part of the public art display.

Cummins Sculptures throughout Columbus, IN
One of Cummins Buildings in Columbus, IN
Columbus Library
Designed by Architectural Firm by I.M. Pei
It was impressive to us that Columbus, IN has so many contemporary artists and designers who have contributed beautiful public art.  For instance, the Columbus Public Library was designed by the I. M. Pei Architectural Firm.  I. M. Pei, known throughout the world for his famous architectural designs, requested that Henry Moore design a sculpture in the Library Plaza.  Henry Moore's famous sculpture, "Large Arch" is the largest of his sculptures throughout America.

Contemporary Sculpture at Columbus, IN Library
Henry Moore "Large Arch"
St. Peters Lutheran Church - Columbus, IN
It is surprising to note the number of contemporary religious architectural properties on the Columbus skyline.  One I noticed right away was St. Peters Lutheran Church designed by Detroit architect, Gunnar Birkerts.
Crump Theatre
Columbus, IN
The Crump Theatre is a historic treasure in Columbus that was planned in 1889.  The theatre, which has gone through many changes but is still in use today,  is on the National Register of Historic Places.  

The Columbus points of interest mentioned above are rich in history, especially around the turn of the century when so many inventions and ideas were formulated.  The story of Clessie Cummins, the driver and mechanic for Columbus banker, J. Irwin Miller, is amazing and a tribute to true American grit.   Clessie Cummins (12/27/1888 - 8/17/1968), was founder of the Cummins Engine Company who improved on existing diesel engines, created new diesel designs,  and was awarded 33 US patents.   "The Engine That Could" is a book written in 1998 by Jeffrey Crulkshank and David Sicilia, about the rise of Cummins Diesel if you might want to explore the company history further.

We are leaving the Columbus, IN area and will be spending the next week in Goshen, IN.  Hope you will continue to follow us as we attend an exciting Tiffin Motorhomes Allegro Club Rally of about 310 motorhomes at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds.  

Monday, May 14, 2018


While visiting beautiful Columbus, Indiana,  we discovered one of the "Top 50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do", which is the authentic turn-of-the-century Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum.  One of Columbus' most cherished treasures is recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey site as well.

Zaharakos Ice Cream Building Location
United States Department of the Interior for its Archives
at the Library of Congress

At this 118 year old marble palace the sundaes are hand-dipped and cherry-topped, and your ice cream was made the night before.  You definitely feel you're eating in an ice cream museum with so many of the shop's original fixtures and decor still intact. 

An old fashioned banana split -

2 Scoops - Vanila and chocolate

Zaharakos closed in 2006 after 106 years in operation and the community of Columbus mourned.  In 2009, new owner, Tony Moravec (owner and president of a Columbus pharmaceutical company), refurbished the interior's walnut and oak woodwork and onyx soda fountain and reopened this historic landmark to the delight of the community.

Beautiful - Shiny - Clean - Authentic
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
Columbus, Indiana

Beautiful original fixtures
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

Beautiful and Authentic
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

Ice Cream and Soda Fountain
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

The new owner also recreated a 19th century storefront to replace the facade that didn't match the authentic interior.  In addition, Tony Moravec also brought back the original 1908 Welte organ (which was playing while we were enjoying our ice cream).

Original 1908 Welte Organ
Still entertaining while you are enjoying your
favorite ice cream creation
Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
Columbus, Indiana

Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
Columbus, Indiana

Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
Columbus, Indiana

Loved that classic banana split creation!
The ambiance and history of Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum is what sets it apart from all other ice cream shops we've visited across the U.S.A.