Journey Indiana

S3 E4 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 304

Coming to you from Fort Harrison State Park in Lawrence, Indiana...check out the state's "Most Famous Covered Bridge" at the Bridgeton Mill; tour a one-of-a-kind arts venue in Indianapolis; meet woodworker - and Indiana Artisan - Toney Robertson; and hit the gas at the 2018 Newport Hill Climb.

AIRED: September 22, 2020 | 0:26:45
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>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

"JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

BY:

>> COMING UP... CHECK OUT

INDIANA'S MOST FAMOUS COVERED

BRIDGE AT THE BRIDGETON MILL.

WE ARE HEADED TO INDY TO CHECK

OUT AN INTERACTIVE MUSIC AND

ARTS VENUE.

MEET WOOD WORKER AND INDIANA

ARTISAN, TONY ROBERTSON.

>>> AND FINALLY, WE ARE OFF TO

NEWPORT, INDIANA, FOR A LOOK

BACK AT THE 2018 NEWPORT HILL

CLIMB.

THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA."

>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY INDIANA,"

I'M BRANDON WENTZ COMING TO YOU

FROM FORT HARRISON STATE PARK IN

INDIANAPOLIS.

>> AND I'M ASHLEY CHILLA JUST

OUTSIDE OF SPENCER.

BRANDON, LAST WEEK WE FEATURED

THE WATER FALLS AND TRAILS HERE

AT McCORMICK'S CREEK.

WHAT DOES FORT BEND HAVE TO

OFFER?

>> WELL, FORT HARRISON STATE

PARK, ALSO KNOWN AS FORT BEND IS

LOCATED ON THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF

INDY AND IS THE FORMER SITE OF

FORT BENJAMIN HARRISON.

IT'S HOME TO JOGGING TRAILS AND

TWO NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS.

WE'LL LEARN ALL ABOUT THAT AND

MORE IN JUST A LITTLE BIT.

FIRST, WE ARE HEADED WEST TO

PARK COUNTY FOR A LOOK INSIDE

THE HISTORIC BRIDGETON MILL.

PRODUCER JOHN TIM HAS THE STORY.

>> THOUSANDS OF TOWNS STARTED

AROUND THE MILL.

THIS MILL IS STILL HERE.

THE TOWN IS STILL HERE.

MY NAME IS MIKE ROLLE AND MY

WIFE AND I BOUGHT THIS OLD MILL

25 YEARS AGO.

WE BOUGHT IT FROM A LITTLE OLD

LADY.

SHE WAS 82.

IT WAS IN HER FAMILY FOR OVER 50

YEARS.

>> I SAW THIS PLACE BACK IN THE

LATE '70s, THE FIRST TIME WE

SAW IT.

IT WAS IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE AND

HAD NOT BEEN WATER POWERED SINCE

'51.

THE DAM, THE MILL POND,

EVERYTHING WAS PRETTY MUCH TORE

UP AND BAD, BAD SHAPE, BUT I

RECOGNIZED WHAT IT COULD BE.

AND BY THIS TIME, I HAD QUIT MY

JOB.

THE WHITE SHIRT AND TIE WAS

CHOKING ME.

I STARTED BUILDING FURNITURE IN

MY GARAGE AND THAT TURNED INTO A

FAIRLY NICE LITTLE BUSINESS.

I WAS DREAMING OF A

WATER-POWERED WOOD SHOP AND I

THOUGHT, WHOA, WATER-POWERED,

LINE SHAFT GOING THROUGH HERE

AND FLAT BELT COMING DOWN AND

RUNNING THE EQUIPMENT, WOW!

WOULDN'T THAT BE REALLY COOL?

I SAW THIS PLACE FOR SALE IN

1994.

I STOPPED BY AND THE DOOR WAS

OPEN, WHICH WAS VERY UNUSUAL.

I ASKED HIM HOW MUCH ARE YOU

LOOKING FOR?

AND THEY SAID $240,000.

I SAID, I WILL TAKE IT BUT WE

DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY.

AND SHE SAYS, WHAT ARE WE GOING

TO DO?

I SAID, YOU GIVE ME HALF THE

DOWNPAYMENT AND WE'LL BUY IT AND

I PROMISE YOU, WE WILL SAVE IT,

RESTORE IT AND CARRY ON.

SHE SAID, MICHAEL, I WANT YOU TO

HAVE THE MILL BECAUSE I KNOW YOU

ARE GOING TO DO GOOD.

SO I WENT HOME.

MY WIFE SAID HOW DID YOU DO?

I SAID, WELL, THOSE TWO LITTLE

STORE BOUGHT ALMOST EVERYTHING I

HAVE IN THE TRUCK.

I SAID THAT'S WONDERFUL.

ON THE WAY HOME, I SPENT A

QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS?

AND SHE SAYS, WHAT THE HECK YOU

HAVE BEEN DOING NOW?

>> ONCE THEY GAVE ME THE KEY,

AFTER THEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO DO

THE MILLING AND THEIR

GRANDFATHER'S RECIPES AND THE

PROPER ORDER OF THE MIXING AND

THEY MADE ME START, RUN, STOP

UNTIL I PROVED I COULD DO, IT

THEY SAID YOU WILL BE A PRETTY

GOOD MILLER, AND HANDED ME THE

KEYS AND HOW THE DOOR THEY WENT.

NOW I MAKE FLOUR DUST INSTEAD OF

SALT DUST AND I HAVE FOR 25

YEARS.

>> TWO MILLWRIGHTS FOLLOW THE

CREEK LOOKING FOR POWER.

THEY LOOKED AND FOUND THIS SPOT,

AS THE BEST SPOT TO GET WATER

POWER AND THEY GOT A 200-ACRE

LAND GRANT, AND THE PRESIDENT

MONROE SIGNED THE DEED

OCTOBER 12th, 1818.

ON THE CREEK BANK ON THE OTHER

SIDE OVER THERE, THEY HAD A BIG,

FLAT SAND STONE ROCK AND THEY

STARTED CRACKING CORN.

JIMMY CRACKED CORN AND NOBODY

CARES.

HE'S MAKING WHISKEY, THAT'S WHY

NOBODY CARES.

THEY STARTED SAWING WOOD AND

PEOPLE STARTED LOCATING NEAR THE

MILK NEAR THE ROAD.

ONCE THEY GOT A SMALL COMMUNITY,

ALL THE PEOPLE COME IN AS A

GROUP AND THEY SAY, WE NEED LOTS

OF WOOD.

WE NEED FLOUR, CORNMEAL AND LOTS

OF THAT GOOD WHISKEY.

AND THEY STARTED MAKING, FLOUR,

CORNMEAL, FEED AND THEY MOVED 25 FEET DOWNSTREAM AND BUILT

THIS BUILDING 1869.

GRAND REOPENING, JANUARY 1st,

1870.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING THAT

THIS IS STILL HERE, STILL

PRIVATELY OWNED, AND WE HAVE IT.

THAT'S EVEN THE MOST AMAZING

PART.

>> WE BRING IN THE BEST GRAINS,

FROM ALL OVER.

TODAY WE HAVE WHITE CORN, AND WE

HAVE THE CORNBREAD MIXES.

WE ALSO HAVE BLUE CORN, WHICH IS

HOPI INDIANS ORIGINALLY.

>> WE HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT

KINDS OF PANCAKE MIXES NOW,

HOMESTYLE, SEVEN GRAIN.

WE HAVE A BUTTERMILK.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE PURPLE CORN

MEAL, PURPLE CORNBREAD MIX AND

PURPLE GRITS.

I BELIEVE WE ARE THE ONLY PLACE

IN THE WORLD THAT YOU CAN GET

PURPLE GRITS.

THIS WHOLE GRAIN NATURAL FOOD

THING HIT THE MARKET AND, BOOM!

OH, THANK YOU!

WE JUST HAPPENED TO BE IN THE

RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.

BOOM, IT JUST TOOK OFF.

TODAY, WE'RE DOING AROUND 40,000 POUNDS A YEAR AND THAT'S

THE LIMIT.

I'M NOT DOING ANY MORE THAN

THAT.

THE BUILDING IS TOO OLD.

I'M TOO OLD.

WE STILL MAKE IT THE SAME WAY IT

WAS MADE BACK IN 1830s.

IT'S FRESH, NATURAL FOOD.

THEY SAID, WHAT'S THAT WONDERFUL

NAVOR?

-- FLAVOR!

I SAID, IT'S WHEAT!

I BELIEVE IT'S A SPECIAL PLACE.

IT'S BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE THE

1820s.

IT'S FAMILY OWNED AND STILL IS.

NOT THE SAME FAMILY, THOUGH.

WE'RE THE 14th OWNERS.

THE COVERED BRIDGE WITH THE

WATER FALL UNDER IT.

OLD MILL ON THE HILL.

YOU CAN READ ABOUT HISTORY.

YOU CAN WATCH IT.

BUT HERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY VISIT

IT.

AND FREE ADMISSION.

>> WHEN MY WIFE AND I FIRST

MOVED BACK TO INDIANA A FEW

YEARS AGO, THE BRIDGE TOPTON MILL

WAS ONE OF THE FIRST BRIDGES WE

SAW.

UNFORTUNATELY THIS YEAR'S

COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN

CANCELED BUT YOU CAN LEARN MORE

ABOUT THE MILL AT

BRIDGETONMILE.COM.

AND WE TAUGHT UP WITH THE

INTERPRETIVE NATURAL HERE AT

FORT BEND.

>> SETTLERS FIRST MOVED INTO

THIS AREA IN THE LAWRENCE AREA

IN THE MID-1800s.

AND THE U.S. ARMY ACTUALLY

PURCHASED THE LAND FROM THESE

FARMSTEADS AND IT BECAME AN

ESTABLISHED MILITARY POST IN

1906.

IT HAS A LONG MILITARY HISTORY.

IT WAS CLOSED IN 1991.

SO IT'S SEEN EVERY MILITARY

CONFLICT FROM WORLD WAR I, ALL

THE WAY TO DESERT STORM.

THE POST'S NAME WAS FORT

BENJAMIN HARRISON, NAMED AFTER

OUR 23rd PRESIDENT, BUT WHEN

IT BECAME A STATE PARK, THE

OFFICIAL NAME IS FORT HARRISON

STATE PARK BUT A LOT OF LOCALS

AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN COMING

HERE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS,

SIMPLY CALL IT FORT BEND.

BEING ONLY 10 MILES FROM

DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, I THINK

IT KIND OF OFFERS OASIS OF GREEN

SPACE IN AN URBAN SETTING.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE PLENTY OF

OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE OUTDOOR

RECREATION.

WE HAVE 14 MILES OF HIKING

TRAILS HERE IN THE PARK.

SO LOTS OF PEOPLE LIKE TO COME

GET EXERCISE ON OUR TRAILS.

HALF OF THOSE TRAILS ARE

ACTUALLY PERMITTED FOR MOUNTAIN

BIKING WHICH IS A VERY POPULAR

PASTIME IN THE CITY HERE.

WE HAVE SEVERAL BODIES OF WATER

FOR FISHING, INCLUDING DELAWARE

LAKE, DUCK POND AND FALL CREEK

BEHIND ME HERE.

WE HAVE PICNIC SHELTERS,

PLAYGROUNDS AND A SADDLE BARN

THAT PROVIDES HORSE TRAIL RIDES

FROM SPRING TO FALL AND TO HONOR

THE HISTORY OF THE AREA, WE

ACTUALLY HAVE A NONPROFIT MUSEUM

ON PROPERTY AS WELL.

IT'S OPEN SPRING THROUGH FALL AS

WELL.

IT HAS A LOT OF DONATED ITEMS

AND DISPLAYS FROM ALL SORTS OF

MILITARY CONFLICTS OVER THE

YEARS.

EVEN ON A NORMAL YEAR, WE SEE

JUST SHY OF 1 MILLION VISITORS

EVERY YEAR.

AND BECAUSE WE WEREN'T TAKING

GATE FEES FOR A WHILE, IT WILL

BE HARD TO GAUGE THAT INCREASE,

BUT JUST VISUALLY, DRIVING

THROUGH THE PARK DURING THIS

TIME, I HAVE SEEN MANY, MANY

MORE PEOPLE THAN WHAT MIGHT BE

USUAL, BUT THAT'S A GREAT THING

BECAUSE WE LOVE FOR THESE PEOPLE

TO COME OUT AND ENJOY THIS

OUTDOOR SPACE.

>> AND YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE

AT IN.GOV, JUST SEARCH FOR FORT

HARRISON.

ASHLEY?

>> THANKS, BRANDON.

UP NEXT, WE'RE HEADED TO INDY TO

CHECK OUT AN INTERACTIVE MUSIC

AND ARTS VENUE.

PRODUCER ADAM CARROLL HAS THE

STORY OF HEALER.

>> IN INDIANAPOLIS, MUSEUMS DOT

THE SKYLINE.

THE CITY IS AN ART MECCA, FROM

GRAND GLASS BUILDINGS TO OUTSIDE

ART INSTALLATIONS.

INDY IS AN ART LOVERS DREAM.

BUT OUTSIDE THE CITY SITS A

WONDER, AN ART AND MUSIC SPACE

THAT PUSHES ASIDE THE STANDARDS

OF AN ART MUSEUM.

SEVERAL YEARS AGO THE THREE

FOUNDERS EMBARKED ON AN ARTISTIC

ODYSSEY.

>> WE HAD ACCESS TO THE SPACE.

IT WAS COMPLETELY EMPTY.

VERY MUNDANE AND JUST TOTALLY

BLANK.

SO BEN AND I HAD JUST SPECULATED

ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF

THROWING SHOWS HERE, AND THAT IT

WOULD BE AN INTERESTING SPACE TO

USE FOR THAT PURPOSE.

SO AT THAT POINT, WE TALKED TO

MATT, JUST TO SEE WHAT HIS IDEAS

WERE WITH THE SPACE.

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN

IMMERSIVE ART, AS A PRACTICE.

AND I WAS IN GRAD SCHOOL FOR

INTERMEDIA ART.

SO I WAS ALREADY MAKING THESE

INSTALLATIONS THAT WERE

TEMPORARY, POP-UP INSTALLATIONS.

THEY WOULD BE UP FOR A FEW DAYS

AND TAKEN DOWN.

COLIN AND OAKLEY REACHED OUT TO

ME AND THEY PRACTICED IN THIS

EMPTY, ABANDONED OFFICE SPACE

AND WERE THINKING OF TURNING IT

INTO A VENUE.

DO YOU WANT TO MAKE SOME ART IN

THE VENUE?

IT SOUNDED LIKE A REALLY COOL

PROJECT AND A WAY TO BRING IN

WHAT I WAS ALREADY MAKING THESE

INSTALLATIONS, ART PIECES, INTO

A PERMANENT VENT VENUE.

>> THE SPACE WAS AN OLD OFFICE

BUILDING IN THE MIDDLE OF

NOWHERE, AN EMPTY, RUGGED SPACE.

AND TAKING THE CONSTRAINTS OF

THE LOCATION, AND THE INTERIOR,

THE GUYS LEANED INTO THE

HOLLOWNESS AND INCORPORATED IT

INTO THE DESIGN.

THEY BUILT A STAGE AND BUILT

INSTALLATIONS AND THEY CALLED IT

HEALER.

>> IT WAS VERY -- IT WAS A VERY

BARREN, VERY MUCH A WASTELAND

AND VERY MUCH UNFINISHED PROJECT

TERRITORY.

IT WAS A LOT OF THINGS BEING

CONSTRUCTED AND BEING WORKED ON.

SO I THINK THAT POTENTIAL WAS

VERY MUCH THERE.

THAT GIVES MATT MORE SPACE TO

EXPLORE, AND IN SOME WAYS FEWER

BARRIERS TO WORK WITH OUT THERE.

I THINK THAT WAS LOGICAL AND

GOOD ARTISTIC CHOICE TO MAKE.

>> I REMEMBER FIRST TIME COMING

HERE TO THIS STRIP MALL, I GOT

LOST AND I WASN'T SURE WHERE IT

WAS, BECAUSE IT WAS KIND OF OFF

THE BEATEN PATH.

YOU KNOW, ACROSS FROM THIS

FACTORY, VERY, LIKE, INDUSTRIAL

KIND OF SOUR ROUNDINGS AND THEN

IT -- SURROUNDINGS AND IT JUST

LOOKED LIKE THIS VACANT STRIP

MALL.

AND THEN AS SOON AS I WAS INSIDE

HERE, I STARTED THINKING ABOUT

ALL THE SPACE AND THE POTENTIAL

OF WHAT IT COULD BECOME.

>> ANY GIVEN NIGHT, YOU CAN SEE

IT OR EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T LOOK UP

WHICH BANDS WERE PLAYING, YOU

WOULD BE EXPOSED TO SOMETHING

THAT YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER

EXPECTED.

IT COULD BE TIM OFF.

IT -- IT COULDBE A TIPOFF AND A DRAG SHOW, WE

HAD FASHION SHOWS.

PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TO HEALER FOR

NOT JUST THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW

WHAT TO EXPECT, BUT THAT YOU

DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

>> THE SPACE CONTINUED TO

EVOLVE, BRINGING IN GUEST

ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS FROM ALL

OVER THE COUNTRY TO EXHIBIT AND

PERFORM AS WELL AS CREATING MORE

SPACE FOR DISPLAY AND

PERFORMANCE.

THE PEOPLE BEHIND HEALER ARE

VERY INVOLVED WITH THE

COMMUNITY, AND THE COMMUNITY

SUPPORTS THEM BY BEING PART OF

THE SPACE.

>> LAST JULY, THIS GUY CAME TO

ONE OF OUR SHOWS AN HE TALKED TO

ONE OF THE OWNERS, BEN.

AND HE TOLD HIM THAT HIS BROTHER

PASSED AWAY AND HAD THESE

R.V.s, AND HIS BROTHER WOULD

HAVE REALLY LIKED THE SPACE.

HE WANTED TO DONATE THEM TO BE

USED FOR, YOU KNOW, -- HOWEVER

WE WANTED TO TRANSFORM THEM.

I WENT OUT TO THE LOT AND LOOKED

AT THEM AND THEY WERE THESE OLD

DECAYING R.V.s AND I WILL

THOUGHT THE IDEA OF TRANSFORMING

THEM IN SOME WAY WAS VERY COOL.

WE HAD THIS SPACE THAT WAS

UNUSED.

THEY SAT OUT THERE UNUSED.

SO WE STARTED TRANSFORMING

PRETTY RAPIDLY IN ORDER TO HAVE

OUTDOOR SHOWS.

WE'RE CALLING IT THE MAD MAX ART

PARK.

>> I REALLY HOPE THAT PEOPLE ARE

DRAWN TO HEALER FOR NOT JUST THE

FACT THAT YOU KNOW WHAT TO

EXPECT, BUT THAT YOU DON'T KNOW

WHAT TO EXPECT.

I HOPE THEY ARE SURPRISED.

IT ELICITS A SENSE OF WONDER,

MORE THAN ANYTHING AND IT

ELICITS THE SENSE OF WONDER

AROUND THIS IDEA OF A COMMUNAL

SPACE, WHERE THINGS ARE SAFE AND

PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE AND THEY

FEEL GALVANIZED TO CREATE BY THE

FACT THAT THERE'S SO MUCH

CREATION EXPLODING EVERYWHERE

AROUND YOU.

THERE'S A LOT OF PERSONAL

TOUCHES IN HEALER.

IT'S HARD NOT TO WALK THROUGH

THE SPACE AND THINK ABOUT ALL OF

THESE DIFFERENT PEOPLE, LIKE

THE -- A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND OF

MINE PASSED AWAY AND SOME OF HER

OBJECTS LIVE ON HERE.

MY FRIEND'S GRANDMOTHER WAS AN

ART TEACHER AND SOME OF HER

SCULPTURES ARE STILL HERE.

MY GRANDMOTHER'S BEDROOM MIRROR

GOT TURNED INTO AN INFINITY

MIRROR OVER IN THE CORNER AND MY

GRANDFATHER'S SCIENCE EQUIPMENT

IS IN ONE OF THE CUBICAL

INSTALLATIONS TOO.

SO THERE'S ALL OF THESE PERSONAL

REMNANTS AND RELICS THAT KIND OF

LIVE ON AND ARE GIVEN NEW LIFE

AND MEANING IN THE SPACE.

AND THAT IDEA OF WHAT ASSEMBLAGE

CAN MEAN, AND TAKING OBJECTS

THAT ARE DESPERATE, MAYBE LOST

AND A LITTLE JUNKIE AND THEN

FUSING THEM TOGETHER TO CREATE

SOME WHOLE THAT IS GREATER THAN

THEIR PARTS.

THAT IDEA OF HOW DO YOU

TRANSFORM THE ORDINARY INTO

SOMETHING THAT IS NOT ORDINARY.

>> YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT

FACEBOOK.COM/HEALERINDIANAPOLIS.

UP NEXT, WE ARE HEADED TO THE

SMALL TOWN OF GALVESTON TO

IMMEDIATEMEET

A WOOD WORKER.

>> MOM ALWAYS HAD A SAYING, IF

YOU ARE GOING TO DO IT, DO IT

RIGHT.

>> THE GREAT THING ABOUT WOOD

TURNING IS YOU HAVE INSTANT

FEEDBACK.

I MIGHT HAVE A PIECE OF

FURNITURE WHERE IT TAKES 150

HOURS TO MAKE AND I DON'T REALLY

SEE RESULTS UNTIL THAT LAST TEN

HOURS OR 20 HOURS.

WITH WOOD TURNING, YOU GET

INSTANT FEEDBACK.

I CAN GO IN AND START TURNING A

PIECE AND WITHIN 20 MINUTES, I

CAN SEE WHAT THAT WILL LOOK

LIKE.

I THINK MY STYLE IS KIND OF

SIMPLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES

TO WOOD TURNING.

SIM.

SHAPES, AND SIMPLE FORMS.

I DON'T WANT TO COMPLICATE

THINGS.

I WANT THE WOOD TO BE THE STAR

OF THE SHOW.

I DON'T WANT THE DESIGN TO TAKE

AWAY FROM IT.

I WANT TO ADD TO IT.

USUALLY THE MORE FIGURED THE

PIECE OF WOOD IS, THE SIMPLER, I

WANT TO KEEP IT.

WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I LOVE

WALNUT.

I LOVE THE COLOR AND EVERYTHING

ABOUT IT.

IT'S REALLY GREAT.

ANOTHER, WHAT I REALLY ENJOY IS

MAIN.

IT'S STARTED TO ROT AND IF YOU

CAN GET IT BEFORE IT ACTUALLY

GOES TO MUSH, YOU GET THE BLACK

LINES IN IT, THE BUG HOLES AND

ALL OF THAT.

AND I THINK IT ADDS CHARACTER TO

THE PIECE AND EVERYTHING LIKE

THAT.

AND A LOT OF THE WOOD I USE

COMES OFF OF MY FAMILY'S LAND.

IT MAKES IT KIND OF COOL IN ONE

WAY TO MAKE A PIECE OFF OF A

TREE THAT ACTUALLY CAME OFF OF

LAND THAT, YOU KNOW, YOUR FAMILY

OWNS.

SO THAT MAKES IT INTERESTING.

YOU KNOW, IN MY MIND, IT'S HOW

CAN I ACCENTUATE THAT THE BEST,

YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU

ARE TURNING A BOWL.

YOU ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT,

HOW CAN YOU MAXIMIZE THE LOOK OF

THAT PIECE.

PROBABLY THE MOST FRUSTRATING

THING FOR ME IS JUST NOT BEING

ABLE TO REALIZE IN MY HEAD WHAT

I WANT TO GET OUT OF THAT PIECE

OF WOOD.

SOMETIMES YOU CAN HAVE A

BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF WOOD AND IT

MIGHT HAVE A CRACK IN IT.

IT MIGHT HAVE DEFECTS AND YOU

WANT TO UTILIZE IT AND YOU GET

TO A POINT WHERE YOU SAY, I

CAN'T SAVE THIS.

THE BIGGEST THING THAT MY

PARENTS DID FOR ME IS WHEN I

BURNT MY HANDS, THEY NEVER

ALLOWED ME TO USE THAT AS A

DISABILITY.

NOT ONE TIME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE

DID THEY OF SAY, WELL, MAYBE YOU

SHOULDN'T DO THAT BECAUSE OF

YOUR HAND.

THEY ACTUALLY PUSHED ME THE

OTHER WAY.

I REMEMBER A STORY MY MOM USED

WHERE I WAS A YOUNG KID, AND THE

BOYS WERE CLIMBING A ROPE AND I

COULDN'T DO IT BECAUSE I HURT MY

HANDS.

MAYBE BECAUSE THEY SAID, YOU

SHOULDN'T DO IT BECAUSE OF YOUR

HAND, SHE GAVE ME A PAIR OF

GLOVES AND SENT ME OUT TO DO IT.

I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO

BUILDING ON A FACTORY SCALE

WHERE I CRANK OUT THE SAME PIECE

OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

NOW, AS FAR AS WHAT I WANT WHEN

A CUSTOMER BUYS SOMETHING, IN

THE LONG TERM, MY KIDS MAYBE OR

YOUR KIDS OR WHOEVER, TO KNOW

HEY, YEAH.

TONY FROM GALVESTON.

MADE THAT PIECE.

>> YOU CAN CHECK OUT MORE OF

TONY'S WORK ALONG WITH ALL OF

HIS FELLOW INDIANA ARTISANS AT

INDIANAARTISAN.ORG.

>>> AND FINALLY FROM ONE SMALL

TOWN TO ANOTHER, WE ARE OFF TO

NEWPORT, INDIANA, FOR A LOOK

BACK AT THE 2018 NEWPORT HILL

CLIMB.

>> THE EARLIEST HILL CLIMBS

PROBABLY WERE UNOFFICIAL EVENTS

WHERE A COUPLE OF GUYS HAD THESE

NEW FANGLED AUTOMOBILES DECIDED

THAT THEY COULD GET UP THE HILL

AND THEN THEY DECIDED I CAN GET

UP THE HILL FASTER THAN YOU.

SO I'M GOING TO CHALLENGE YOU TO

A RACE.

THE LOCAL MERCHANTS SAW AN

OPPORTUNITY TO MAYBE MAKE A BUCK

THIS.

SO IN 1909, THEY ORGANIZED A

FORMAL HILL CLIMBING

COMPETITION.

>> BUT BEFORE LONG, POPULARITY

WANED, AND AFTER THE 1915 RACE,

THE EVENT WAS CANCELED.

BUT IT WASN'T DEAD!

AROUND 1953, A GROUP OF ANTIQUE

CAR ENTHUSIASTS ROLLED INTO TOWN

AND FEELING NOSTALGIC, MANAGED

TO CONVINCE THE LOCAL VOLUNTEER

FIRE DEPARTMENT TO SPONSOR A

HILL CLIMB.

IN 1967, THE LOCAL LIONS CLUB

WAS RECHARTERED, TOOK OVER THE

HILL CLUB AND HAS BEEN RUNNING

IT EVER SINCE, COMPLETELY

TRANSFORMING THE TINY TOWN EVERY

FALL.

>> SO THE WEEKEND OF HILL CLIMB,

THIS IS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT

TOWN.

IT'S AMAZING WHERE THEY COME

FROM, AND HOW OF THEM COME TO

SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER THEM

IN THIS LITTLE TOWN, WHICH IS

NOTHING MORE THAN A STEEP HILL,

BUT WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT WE

HAVE THREE OR FOUR DAYS A YEAR

THAT TURNS INTO SOMETHING BIG

AND FUN AND SPECTACULAR AND

COLORFUL AND NOISY.

>> MOST OF OUR COMPETITION CARS

ARE PREWORLD WAR II.

WE HAD CARS AS HOLD AS 1901, AND

MADE IT PART WAY UP THE HILL AND

TURNED AROUND AND CAME BACK.

THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GO A LITTLE

FARTHER THAN THAT.

WE WILL MAKE A DEMONSTRATION RUN

AND COME BACK DOWN.

>> AT SOME POINT, THE FIELD WAS

EXPANDED BUT JUST SLIGHTLY.

>> DISCONTINUED STUDEBAKERS FROM

INDIANA, NASHS, HUDSONS, THOSE

THAT WENT OUT OF BUSINESS REALLY

PRIOR TO 1970.

>> AND ON FIRST SUNDAY IN

OCTOBER, YOU WON'T FIND ANYTHING

NEWER HEADED UP THE HILL.

>> IT'S ABOUT RECREATING THE OLD

STUFF.

I WANT TO SEE SOME OLD BRASS

MODEL T.s AND STANLEY STEAMERS

AND THINGS LIKE THAT GO UP THE

HILL.

>> IT DRAWS ACROSS SO MANY

DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHICS.

IF YOU HAVE $800, YOU CAN BUY AN

OLD JUNKER AND MAKE IT RUN,

WE'LL LET YOU RUN.

IF YOU CAN SPEND HALF A MILLION

DOLLARS AND BUY A STANLEY

STEAMER AND RUN IT UP THE HILL,

WE HAVE A CLASS FOR YOU.

COME ON, WE'LL LET YOU WIN A

TROPHY.

>> ALL TOLD, MORE THAN 100,000

FIND THEIR WAY TO NEWPORT.

MAKING IT ONE OF THE BIGGEST

MOTOR SPORTS EVENTS IN THE

STATE.

>> WE WON'T COMPETE WITH THE

INDIA 500.

THEY WILL BE -- THE INDY 500.

THEY WILL BE MUCH LARGER THAN

US.

WE COULD PROBABLY PUT MOST OF

THE TOWN OF NEWPORT INTO THE

CENTER OF INDY 500.

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO DON'T

GIVE A HOOT ABOUT ANTIQUE CARS,

BUT THEY COME FOR OTHER REASONS.

MOST CAR SHOWS, YOU RAISE THE

HOOD AND OPEN THE DOORS AND PUT

YOUR LAWN CHAIR OUT AND YOU SIT

THERE AND LIE TO PEOPLE ABOUT

HOW MUCH WORK AND MONEY YOU HAVE

SPENT ON THE CAR, WHICH WE KNOW

YOU EMBELLISH THAT A LITTLE BIT,

BUT HERE THEY CAN SEE THE STORY.

THEY CAN SEE THE WORK YOU HAVE

PUT INTO IT, AND THEY CAN SEE

THE END RESULT WHEN ENTHUSIASM

GO -- WHEN YOU GO UP THE HILL,

LIKE NO OTHER CAR SHOW.

IT'S A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF WHEN

YOU AND YOUR CAR CAN DO AND WHAT

YOU HAVE DONE WITH THAT CAR.

AND IT'S AMAZING TO ME TO SEE

HOW MUCH THESE GUYS HAVE PUT

INTO THAT.

AND I KNOW WHAT KIND OF WORK

THEY HAD TO PUT INTO THESE CARS,

AND THEY PUT ALL OF THAT TIME

AND EFFORT AND MONEY INTO IT.

THEN THEY BRING IT HERE AND RUN

THE CRAP OUT OF IT FOR A TROPHY

THEY CAN BUY OPEN THEIR OWN FOR

LESS THAN AN OIL CHANGE.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU WANT

TO SEE SOMETHING MORE THAN A CAR

SHOW, IF YOU WANT TO SEE CARS

DOING WHAT THEY WERE BUILT TO

DO, YOU WANT TO SEE THEM RUN THE

HILL, YOU'VE GOT TO COME TO

NEWPORT TO SEE IT.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, THE 2020 HILL

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