Journey Indiana

S3 E15 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 315

Coming to you from the French Lick West Baden Museum in Orange County...meet a Camby, Indiana man helping Hoosiers keep time; travel to Modoc's Market in Wabash to learn all about its namesake - a 1,900 pound Indian elephant; take a ride on the flying trapeze with the Peru Amateur Circus; and listen to - and learn the history behind - Indiana University's historic calliope.

AIRED: February 17, 2021 | 0:26:51
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>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

"JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

BY:

>> COMING UP... MEET A CAMBY,

INDIANA, MAN HELPING HOOSIERS

KEEP TIME.

>> TRAVEL TO MODOC'S MARKET IN

WABASH TO LEARN ABOUT ITS

NAMESAKE, A 1900-POUND INDIAN

ELEPHANT.

>> TAKE A RIDE ON THE FLYING

TRAPEZE WITH THE PERU AMATEUR

CIRCUS.

>> AND LISTEN TO AND LEARN THE

HISTORY BEHIND INDIANA

UNIVERSITY'S HISTORIC CALLIOPE.

THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA."

>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY INDIANA."

I'M ASHLEY CHILLA.

COMING TO YOU FROM THE FRENCH

LICK WEST BADEN MUSEUM IN ORANGE

COUNTY.

>> AND I'M BRANDON WENTZ AT THE

WAYNE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM.

>> WE WILL BE FEATURING SOME OF

INDIANA'S BEST REGIONAL HISTORY

MUSEUMS OVER THE NEXT FEW

EPISODES, AND WE WILL START

RIGHT HERE.

THE FRENCH LICK WEST BADEN

MUSEUM'S TAG LINE SAYS IT ALL,

SMALL TOWNS, BIG HISTORY.

LOCATED JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM

ORANGE COUNTY'S TWO FAMOUS

HOTELS, THIS MUSEUM FEATURES

CASINOS, THE CROSS BROTHERS, AND

THE WORLD'S LARGEST CIRCUS

DIORAMA.

AND WE WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT

THAT IN JUST A BIT, BUT FIRST,

WE'RE HEADED TO MARION COUNTY TO

MEET A MAN WITH TOO MUCH TIME ON

HIS HANDS.

PRODUCER JASON PEAR HAS THE

STORY OF SMITH'S BELL AND CLOCK.

STORY OF SMITH'S BELL AND CLOCK.

>> THE CREATION OF SMITH'S BELL

AND CLOCK, LOCATED IN CAMBY,

INDIANA, HAPPENED ALMOST BY

>> THE FIRST JOB THAT I REMEMBER

WAS PROBABLY IN OUR HOMETOWN OF

MORGAN COUNTY.

SO, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONE OF

THOSE DEALS WE FIXED THE CLOCK,

AND THEN WHEN WE TRAVELED AROUND

TO SEVERAL DIFFERENT AREAS IN

INDIANA, A LOT OF THE COURTHOUSE

CLOCKS WERE INOPERABLE.

SO IT WAS KIND OF LIKE -- I

SAID, HEY, I THINK WE CAN DO

THIS FULL TIME.

>> IT CERTAINLY WOULDN'T BE

EVERYONE'S CAREER CHOICE, BUT

FOR J.J. SMITH, WHO SPENT FOUR

YEARS IN THE MILITARY, AND LATER

ATTENDED INDIANA UNIVERSITY, IT

WAS THE RIGHT FIT.

>> THERE'S A PASSION FOR TAKING

THINGS APART AND FIGURING OUT

HOW THEY WORK AND PUT THEM BACK

TOGETHER.

ALL OF THAT STUFF COMES IN TO

PLAY WHEN -- YOU KNOW, WHEN WE

FABRICATE A LOT OF STUFF FOR

BELLS, YOKES, CLAPPERS, BELL

WHEEL TYPE OF THING.

>> THE CLOCK REQUIRES ITS SET.

>> WE SEE E. HOWARD MOVEMENTS

THAT ARE WITH THE BIG HITTERS OF

THE DAY IN THE 1800s AND THE

1900s.

IF PEOPLE DESIRED TO KEEP THE

HISTORICAL INTEGRITY OF THE

CLOCK, WE HAVE CATALOGS GEARS

THAT WE CAN CUT.

WE ALSO MAKE ELECTRIC MOVEMENTS

TOO.

EVERY SITUATION IS DIFFERENT.

IF THE CLIENT WANTS A HANDS OFF

TYPE PRODUCT, WE CAN OFFER THAT,

BUT IF THEY WANT TO KEEP THE

ORIGINAL MECHANISM, WE CAN

OBVIOUSLY HELP THERE TOO.

YOU GOTTA HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE

FOR MECHANICAL CLOCKS.

IT IS A GAME OF PATIENCE.

ALL 100 PARTS OF THESE THINGS

HAVE TO EXACTLY WORK PERFECT,

AND IF YOU DO IT RIGHT, THEY

WILL LAST ANOTHER LIFETIME, AND

THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO SEE.

IT'S BECOMING NOW A LOST ART.

I WOULD SAY, WE'RE ONE OF THREE

OR FOUR COMPANIES IN THE UNITED

STATES THAT DOES THIS.

IT'S BEEN INCORPORATED FOR OVER

10 YEARS DOING THIS.

AND I THINK WE HAVE DONE WORK

FOR OVER HALF THE COUNTIES IN

INDIANA.

A LOT OF COLLEGES, CHURCHES, IS

REALLY WHERE WE SHINE THROUGH.

>> PLACES LIKE DEPAUW UNIVERSITY

IN GREENCASTLE WHERE SMITH HAS

DONE A VARIETY OF WORK, FROM A

CARILLON RENOVATION, TO WORK ON

UNIVERSITY'S EAST COLLEGE, A

NATIONAL LANDMARK.

OTHER NOTABLE WORKS INCLUDE AN

INDIANAPOLIS LANDMARK, JUST A

BLOCK FROM MONUMENT CIRCLE.

>> THE L.S. AYERS CLOCK I THINK

WAS PUT IN IN THE 1930s OR SO.

WHAT WE DID WAS IN PARTNERSHIP

WITH INDIANA LANDMARKS, WE REDID

ALL CLOCK MOVEMENTS, THE HANDS,

THE FACES.

THERE'S A LOT OF CLOCKS IN

DOWNTOWN INDY.

THERE'S PROBABLY A GOOD CHANCE

THAT WE EITHER MADE THEM OR HAVE

WORKED ON THEM OR FIXED THEM AT

ONE POINT IN TIME OR ANOTHER.

>> NOT THAT YOU WOULD

NECESSARILY KNOW THAT IF YOU

JUST GLANCED UP TO CHECK THE

TIME.

>> YEAH, ALL THE LABOR AND THE

LOVE IS ACTUALLY BEHIND THE

CLOCKFACE, AND ALL YOU SEE FROM

THE OUTSIDE IS THE HANDS AND,

YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY IF

EVERYTHING IS RIGHT, IT KEEPS

TIME.

>> AND OTHER PROJECTS HAVE TAKEN

J.J. AND HIS CREW THOUSANDS OF

MILES FROM THE HOOSIER STATE.

>> IN 2014, WE DID A JOB IN

KENYA FOR THE ROSSLYN SCHOOL

ACADEMY, WHERE WE PUT UP A

600-POUND BELL AND FOUR TOWER

CLOCKS.

I REMEMBER THE COMMEMORATION OF

THAT BELL, AND THEY HAD ALL THE

SCHOOL KIDS AROUND THIS TOWER ON

THE BUS TO GO HOME.

FOR ME, BEING ABLE TO BE A PART

OF THAT HISTORY, OUR NAME IS ON

THE BELL.

SOME GUY 100, 200 YEARS FROM NOW

WILL CLIMB UP THERE, I WONDER

WHO THESE SMITH GUYS WERE IN

INDIANA.

IN KEEPING WITH THE TRADITION OF

AMERICAN MADE, WE WANT THESE

PRODUCTS TO OUTLIVE US.

FOR ME, THAT'S THE IMPORTANT

PART.

I ALWAYS HAD A LOVE FOR

MECHANICAL STUFF.

WELDING AND FABRICATING IS

SOMETHING I ENJOY.

WHEN I'M OUT HERE IN THE SHOP

BUILDING BELL FRAMES, I MIGHT BE

SWEATING IN THE SUMMER, BUT TO

ME, I MEAN, IT DOESN'T REALLY --

I MEAN, I DON'T THINK I WORKED A

DAY IN MY LIFE.

I REALLY DO ENTHUSIASTICALLY

ENJOY WHAT WE DO.

>> I CERTAINLY DON'T UNDERSTAND

THE MECHANICS OF HOW THEY TAKE

THOSE BELLS AND CLOCKS APART AND

PUT THEM BACK TOGETHER, BUT

THERE'S SOMETHING SO SATISFYING

ABOUT WATCHING THEM BECOME NEW

AGAIN AND GENERATIONS TO COME

BEING ABLE TO ENJOY THEM.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT

SMITHSBELLANDCLOCK.COM.

EARLIER WE CAUGHT UP WITH PATTY

DRABING, THE DIRECTOR HERE AT

THE FRENCH LICK WEST BADEN

MUSEUM.

>> THE FRENCH LICK WEST BADEN

MUSEUM IS AN HISTORICAL MUSEUM

ON THE FRENCH LICK AND WEST

BADEN COMMUNITIES.

THEY HAVE TWO GRAND HOTELS.

SO EVERYTHING HAS EVOLVED AROUND

THEM.

AND THE HISTORY HERE IS JUST

MIND BOGGLING, THERE'S SO MUCH

OF IT.

WE HAVE BOTH PLUTOS THAT USED TO

SIT ON TOP OF THE HOTEL.

THEY HAD BEEN STORED IN THE

BASEMENT FOR YEARS BECAUSE THE

GUESTS WERE A LITTLE SCARED OF

THEM.

AFTER THEY DID RENOVATIONS AND

THEY REOPENED THE HOTELS, THEY

BUILT THIS BRAND NEW CASINO,

THEY BROUGHT THEM OUT OF STORAGE

AND THE COOKS GOLD LEAFED THEM

AND THEY SET THEM OUTSIDE THE

V.I.P. LOUNGE AT THE CASINO.

THE GAMBLERS WERE NOT HAPPY.

TO KEEP THEM FROM GOING BACK IN

STORAGE, WE BROUGHT THEM HERE.

LARRY BIRD IS FROM HERE, BORN

AND RAISED.

WE DO HAVE THE BACKBOARD FROM

THE HIGH SCHOOL THAT WAS

DONATED.

AUTOGRAPHED BASKETBALLS, CEREAL

BOXES, YOU NAME IT, THE LUNCH

BOXES, BOBBLE HEADS, WE GOT IT

ALL.

THE DIORAMA, THAT WAS DONE BY

PETER GORMAN OUT OF BRITISH

COLUMBIA.

WHEN WE WERE GETTING READY TO

OPEN THE MUSEUM, WE CONTACTED

PERU, INDIANA, WHERE OUR CIRCUS

WENT WHEN RINGLING BOUGHT THEM

IN 1929, AND WE ASKED THEM IF

THEY HAD ANY ARTIFACTS.

THEY SAID YOU REALLY NEED TO

TALK TO THIS GUY, BECAUSE THEY

HAVE THEIR CIRCUS.

IT'S IDENTICAL TO WHAT IT WOULD

LOOK LIKE BACK IN THE DAY.

IT'S SET UP TO TELL A STORY.

THE TRAINS COME INTO TOWN, AND

THEN YOU SEE THE BIG PARADE, AND

YOU MOVE ON TO ANOTHER SECTION

WITH THE MENAGERIE AND THE SIDE

SHOW AND THE BIG TOP.

IT'S A BIG HIT.

THAT DIORAMA IS A BIG HIT.

>> AND YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE

AT FLWBMUSEUM.COM.

>>> BRANDON?

>> THANKS, ASHLEY.

AND WITH ALL OF THAT CIRCUS

TALK, WE HAD TO REVISIT ONE OF

OUR FAVORITE STORIES FROM WABASH

COUNTY, ABOUT A CIRCUS ELEPHANT

WHO MADE QUITE A NAME FOR

HERSELF.

PRODUCER JOHN TIMM HAS THE STORY

OF MODOC.

>> THE SAGA OF MODOC BEGAN

NOVEMBER 11th, 1942.

WHEN TERRELL JACOBS, THE OWNER

OF THE GREAT AMERICAN CIRCUS

BROUGHT HIS CIRCUS TO WABASH

HIGH SCHOOL.

HE BROUGHT HIS CREW OF ANIMALS,

AND ALONG WITH THAT CAME THREE

ELEPHANTS, EMPRESS, JUDY, AND

MODOC.

AND THESE THREE ELEPHANTS WERE

TIED UP OUTSIDE THE HIGH SCHOOL.

WHEN WALTER SLIMMER'S DOGS CAME

AND STARTED BARKING AT THESE

THREE ELEPHANTS, AND THEY THREW

UP THEIR TETHERS, AND BROKE

LOOSE.

NOW, EMPRESS AND JUDY WERE GOOD

GIRLS, AND THEY JUST MEANDERED

DOWN IN THE FRONT LAWN OF THE

HIGH SCHOOL.

BUT MODOC, SHE HAD DIFFERENT

THINGS IN MIND.

AND SHE TOOK OFF FOR DOWNTOWN.

FIRST PLACE SHE CAME WAS

MRS. H.W. REED'S HOUSE, AND SHE

HAD PUT TWO APPLE PIES OUT ON

HER WINDOWSILL FOR COOLING.

AND MODOC CAME BY, AND ATE BOTH

OF THOSE APPLE PIES.

SHE CAME TO DOWNTOWN WABASH, AND

SHE CAME UP TO THE HOTEL BEHIND

ME HERE, THE INDIANA HOTEL, AND

STANDING THERE WERE TWO BOYS,

JERRY McVICKER AND GERALD

HOPKINS.

GERALD HAD JUST BOUGHT A BAG OF

PENNY CANDY AND UP CAME MODOC.

AND THOSE POOR BOYS, THEIR KNEES

WERE BANGING TOGETHER.

THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

AND GERALD HANDED OUT THAT BAG

OF CANDY, AND JUST LIKE THOSE

APPLE PIES, MODOC TOOK THAT BAG

AND, BAG AND ALL, RIGHT DOWN THE

OLD HATCH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

MRS. CHAUNCEY KESSLER HAD COME

FROM THE TELEPHONE COMPANY, AND

SHE WAS GOING TO THE BRADLEY

BROTHERS DRUGSTORE, WHERE WE SIT

HERE TODAY.

MODOC FOLLOWED HER TO THE FRONT

DOOR OF THE BRADLEY BROTHERS

DRUGSTORE, AND WHEN MRS. KESSLER

OPENED UP THAT FRONT DOOR, OUT

CAME THE AROMA EVERY ELEPHANT

DREAMS OF, THE SMELL OF ROASTING

PEANUTS.

MODOC CRASHED THROUGH THAT FRONT

DOOR, WENT INSIDE, KNOCKED OVER

THE PEANUT ROASTER, SCARFED UP

ALL THE PEANUTS, KNOCKED OVER

THE SODA FOUNTAIN AND MADE A

MESS OF THE WHOLE STORE.

AND THEN SHE WENT OUT THE BACK

DOOR, CRASHED OUT THE BACK DOOR,

AND KNOCKED EZRA LaSALLE INTO

THE GUTTER OF THE STREET.

MODOC HEADED ACROSS THE STREET

TO THE UNION CIGAR STORE, AND

SHE POKED HER HEAD IN THE FRONT

DOOR.

NOW, THE UNION CIGAR STORE WAS

NOT REALLY ALL ABOUT CIGARS.

IT WAS A TAVERN.

AS MODOC PUT HER HEAD IN FRONT

DOOR, ONE OLD BOY SAID TO THE

OTHER, THAT'S THE LAST DRINK,

I'M EVER GONNA TAKE!

>> THE STORY STARTED HITTING

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES, AND IT

LITERALLY HIT HEADLINES ALL

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.

OVER THE NEXT FIVE DAYS, SHE

RAMPAGED ACROSS WABASH COUNTY,

AND HUNTINGTON COUNTY, ON A

SEARCH FOR BETTER THINGS.

AND SO ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON,

MODOC WAS OUT IN A FIELD NORTH

OF MOUNT ETNA, INDIANA.

TERRELL JACOBS BROUGHT OUT HIS

OTHER ELEPHANT EMPRESS, TO TRY

TO LURE MODOC.

MODOC OVER THAT FIVE DAYS HAD

LOST 800 POUNDS, AND THE SHERIFF

OF HUNTINGTON COUNTY BROUGHT OUT

A TRUCKLOAD OF BREAD TO FEED THE

ELEPHANT.

MODOC WAS OUT IN THE FIELD.

THE OTHER ELEPHANT, EMPRESS WAS

OUT THERE.

THE LOAVES OF BREAD WERE OUT

THERE, AND SLOWLY MODOC STARTED

TO EAT THAT BREAD AND WORK HER

WAY BACK TO HER WAGON.

AND WHEN MODOC GOT ON TO THAT

WAGON, TERRELL JACOBS DID WHAT

ANY SELF-RESPECTING ELEPHANT

OWNER WOULD DO.

HE FED HER 30 GALLONS OF WATER

AND 6 QUARTS OF WHISKEY TO

SETTLE HER NERVES, DON'T YOU

KNOW?

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> MY WIFE ANGIE HAD WRITTEN A

PAPER ABOUT MODOC.

>> IRONICALLY, I WAS WORKING ON

MY MASTER'S THESIS AT MANCHESTER

UNIVERSITY, FOR A FOURTH GRADE

CLASS, AND IT WAS ON WABASH

COUNTY HISTORY.

SO 30 YEARS AGO, I WROTE A PIECE

ABOUT MODOC'S MARKET.

>> SHE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF

THIS NAME FOR THIS COFFEE STORE,

TO BE MODOC'S MARKET.

>> WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT

THAT MANY YEARS FORWARD, WE

WOULD HAVE A STORE CALLED

MODOC'S.

WE WEREN'T EVEN COFFEE DRINKERS.

I WAS NOT A COFFEE DRINKER AND

THOUGHT, WELL, WHY DON'T WE JUST

TRY THAT?

>> I ALWAYS KNEW THAT MODOC'S

WAS HERE, AND I KNEW THAT MODOC

WAS AN ELEPHANT, BUT I DIDN'T

KNOW THE DETAILS OF THE STORY

UNTIL I INQUIRED ABOUT THE JOB

HERE.

AS I TRAVEL AROUND, I ALWAYS

LIKE TO GOOGLE LOCAL COFFEE

SHOPS, BUT I HAVE YET TO FIND I

A COFFEE SHOP THAT'S AS UNIQUE

AS MODOC'S MARKET.

>> OUR DREAM FOR THIS SPACE HAS

ALWAYS BEEN THAT IT'S A PLACE

FOR EVERYONE, THAT WE WOULD SEE

NO STRANGERS.

I LOVE THE BREAK FREE MANTRA,

REALLY.

IT SPEAKS TO ME FOR ANYBODY WHO

NEEDS A PLACE TO CHANGE UP THEIR

DAY OR TO BREAK FREE FROM

WHATEVER IS GOING ON IN THEIR

LIFE.

>> I LOVE THIS STORY.

THE STORY OF MODOC IS SO

RELATABLE.

I MEAN, WE HAVE ALL BEEN THERE,

LOST, STAGGERING AROUND, EATING

ANYTHING YOU CAN FIND.

AND YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT

MODOC'S NAMESAKE MARKET AT

MODOCSMARKET.COM.

>>> OKAY.

SO WE SEARCHED THE "JOURNEYINDIR

BIG TOP TALE, BUILDING ON 60

YEARS OF CIRCUS HISTORY.

HERE'S THE STORY BEHIND THE PERU

AMATEUR CIRCUS.

>> FOR MOST HOOSIER KIDS, THE

IDEA OF RUNNING AWAY TO THE

CIRCUS IS A FAR-FETCHED DREAM,

BUT FOR THE KIDS OF PERU,

RUNNING AWAY TO THE CIRCUS ISN'T

JUST A REALITY.

IT'S A 53-YEAR-OLD LEGACY.

>> THE PERU AMATEUR CIRCUS IS

AMATEUR IN NAME ONLY.

I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GO

ANYWHERE AND SEE A MORE SKILLED

CIRCUS PERFORMANCE THAN YOU SEE

IN PERU, INDIANA.

BACK WHEN WE GOT STARTED, THERE

WERE A FEW KIDS INVOLVED, AND

IT'S GROWN AND GROWN AND GROWN

OVER TIME.

WE ARE NOW UP TO 200 KIDS A YEAR

THAT PERFORM IN THE CIRCUS.

THEY ARE ALL AGE 7 TO 21, AND

THEY ALL LIVE AND GO TO SCHOOL

IN MIAMI COUNTY.

ALL OF OUR CIRCUS TRAINERS ARE

ACTUALLY FORMER PERFORMERS THAT

HAVE COME THROUGH OUR PROGRAM,

GONE ON TO DO OTHER THINGS.

SOME OF THEM HAVE PERFORMED

PROFESSIONALLY, COME BACK HERE

TO TRAIN THE KIDS, AND THAT'S

WHERE THEY LEARN THEIR SKILLS,

AND IT'S JUST A CYCLE THAT KEEPS

REVOLVING.

>> FOR FIVE MONTHS, THE KIDS

TRAIN EVERY WEEK TO PERFECT SUCH

ACTS AS THE TRAPEZE AND HIGH

WIRE, FEATURING A SEVEN-PERSON

PYRAMID THAT'S NOT SEEN ANYWHERE

ELSE IN THE WORLD, ALL BUILDING

TO THEIR 11 PERFORMANCES DURING

CIRCUS WEEK.

>> TO BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS

THEY DO OUT HERE ON THIS FLOOR,

TAKES INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TEAM

WORK, TRUST, BETWEEN YOUR FELLOW

PERFORMERS.

WHAT WE DO HERE IS DANGEROUS,

THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, BUT

WE KEEP EVERYBODY AS SAFE AS

POSSIBLE, AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF

THAT TEAM WORK BETWEEN ALL THE

DIFFERENT GROUPS THAT ARE

INVOLVED.

>> SO IT HELPS WHEN YOU GO OUT

IN THE REAL WORLD AND YOU NEED

TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND GO TO A

JOB AND WORK WITH PEOPLE YOU

DON'T LIKE.

THERE'S ALWAYS PEOPLE YOU DON'T

LIKE, BUT YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO

WORK WITH THEM.

SO IT HELPS A LOT.

>> YOU JUMPED IT.

IT WAS HIGH.

>> THE BEST MOMENT IS GETTING

CLOSE WITH MY TRAINERS.

I MEAN, THEY ARE DEFINITELY THE

PEOPLE THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER

FOR LIFE.

THERE'S FRIENDS THAT YOU HAVE

THAT JUST COME AND GO, BUT THESE

PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR

YOU, NO MATTER WHAT.

>> YOU KNOW, AS A TRAINER, WE

ARE FAR MORE THAN JUST TRAINERS.

WE ARE PARENTS.

WE ARE MENTORS.

WE TEACH THEM MORE THAN JUST TO

DO COOL STUFF IN THE AIR.

WE TEACH THEM ABOUT THEMSELVES,

ABOUT TEAM WORK.

IT IS A GROUP EFFORT TO PULL

ANYTHING OFF.

AND YOU LEARN TRUST WITHIN EACH

OTHER.

SO WE TEACH THESE KIDS A WHOLE

LOT OF THINGS BESIDES JUST DOING

TRICKS IN THE AIR.

>> I WATCH KIDS THAT ARE TOO

YOUNG TO PERFORM.

THEY ARE DOWN HERE WITH THEIR

BIG BROTHER AND BIG SISTER, AND

AS THEY GROW UP THROUGH THE

PROGRAM, WATCHING THE

PROGRESSION OF THESE KIDS, KIDS

THAT COULDN'T EVEN WALK UP INTO

THE BLEACHERS, THAT CAN GO UP

30 FEET IN THE AIR AND WALK ON

AN 8th-INCH WIRE, I MEAN THAT

JUST BOGGLES MY MIND.

I GET A GREAT DEAL OF ENJOYMENT

AND PLEASURE OUT OF WATCHING THE

KIDS GROW UP DOWN HERE.

>> MANY OF THE KIDS ARE SECOND

OR THIRD GENERATION CIRCUS

PERFORMERS.

LIKE SO MANY IN THE PERU AMATEUR

CIRCUS, LITTLE 7-YEAR-OLD KATIE

WOOD HAS LITERALLY GROWN UP

UNDERNEATH THE BIG TOP.

THIS WILL BE KATIE'S FIRST YEAR

AS A PERFORMER.

>> MY WHOLE FAMILY IS INVOLVED

WITH THE CIRCUS, AND I HAVE

ALWAYS WANTED TO BE IN THE

CIRCUS.

MY DAD IS A RIGGER, AND MY MOMMY

IS A TRAINER.

THAT MAKES ME FEEL HAPPY.

>> THE CIRCUS CONTINUES TO

ENDURE BECAUSE IT'S SO UNIQUE.

YOU CAN GO TO EVERY LITTLE TOWN

IN THE COUNTRY AND THERE'S A

LITTLE LEAGUE OR A YOUTH

BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL, BUT NOT

TOO MANY SMALL COMMUNITIES CAN

YOU GO TO THAT HAVE A YOUTH

CIRCUS.

THE KIDS, THEY EAT AND SLEEP

THIS, FROM MARCH THROUGH JULY,

THIS IS WHAT THEY DO.

THEY ARE DOING THEIR HOMEWORK

HERE.

THEY EAT THEIR MEALS HERE, AND

THAT JUST CREATES THIS HUGE

FAMILY ATMOSPHERE, WHICH KEEPS

EVERYBODY CLOSE AND TOGETHER.

THIS IS WHAT THEY DO IN THE

SUMMER IN PERU, INDIANA.

THEY GO TO THE CIRCUS.

>> AND FINALLY, THE STORY BEHIND

AN INSTRUMENT THAT WOULD BE

RIGHT AT HOME IN PERU'S CIRCUS

CITY FESTIVAL PARADE.

PRODUCER ADAM CARROLL HAS THE

STORY BEHIND INDIANA

UNIVERSITY'S HISTORIC CALLIOPE.

>> IMAGINE A CROSS BETWEEN A

PIPE ORGAN AND A FIRE SIREN, AND

YOU HAVE GOT A CALLIOPE.

ALTHOUGH THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE

CLAIM TO HAVE DEVELOPED THE IDEA

OF PLAYING MUSIC THROUGH

SEMI-TUNABLE STEAM WHISTLES AND

A KEYBOARD, THE FIRST PERSON TO

PATENT WAS ON OCTOBER 9th,

1855 AND THAT WAS JOSHUA S.

STODDARD OF WORCESTER,

MASSACHUSETTS.

HE DEVELOPED THE FIRST

INSTRUMENT THAT WAS PATENTED.

HE CALLED IT THE AMERICAN

PATENTED STEAM PIANO.

IT WAS HIS BROTHER WHO PUT IT ON

HIS BOAT THAT GOT IT TO WHERE

PEOPLE FIGURED OUT WHAT IT COULD

DO, AND THAT IS IT WAS THE

PERFECT BALLYHOO INSTRUMENT.

THEY WOULD PLAY IT FOR FIVE

MILES OUT OF TOWN BECAUSE IT

WOULD CARRY, AND THE SOUND WOULD

DRAW PEOPLE DOWN.

P.T. BARNUM, THE CIRCUS

EMPRESARIO, SAW THIS IN 1870.

WAS TAKING A CIRCUS OVER THE

RIVER IN ABERDEEN, OHIO, AND

THOUGHT IT WAS THE PERFECT WAY

TO END THE CIRCUS PARADE,

PUTTING IT IN THE PARADE, BUT HE

DIDN'T LIKE THE NAME THAT IT WAS

PATENTED UNDER WHICH WAS THE

AMERICAN PATENTED STEAM PIANO,

AND SO HE THOUGHT HE WOULD COME

UP WITH SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE

SHOWY.

SO HE WENT TO HIS BOOK OF GREEK

MYTHOLOGY AND PULLED UP THE NAME

CALLIOPE.

SHE WAS THE SEVENTH GREEK MUSE

OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY, AND SHE WAS

NOTED FOR HER BEAUTY AND

ELOQUENCE OF VOICE AND HE

THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE THE

PERFECT NAME FOR HIS INSTRUMENT.

REALLY FROM THAT POINT, AGAIN,

STAYED THE CALLING CARD OF THE

CIRCUS, THE EXCURSION BOAT AND

THE SHOW BOAT UNTIL THE 1920s

WHEN THE CIRCUSES STOPPED

CARRYING THEM.

BY 1950, NO CIRCUS CARRIED ONE.

EXCURSION BOATS, THOUGH, STILL

CARRIED THEM.

>> THE EXCURSIONS AND SHOW BOATS

CARRIES PASSENGERS AND CARGO UP

AND DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI AND

THROUGHOUT SETTLEMENTS IN THE

MIDWEST.

ONE SUCH BOAT, THE MAJESTIC

CARRIED ONE OF THE LAST

CALLIOPES EVER BUILT AND WAS

USED UNTIL 1960 WHEN IT WAS

DONATED TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY.

>> INDIANA UNIVERSITY RAN IT

UNTIL 1967, AND THEY WOULD GO

TOWN TO TOWN, JUST LIKE THE OLD

SHOW BOATS.

STEAM POWERED CALLIOPE CAN CARRY

UP TO FIVE MILES.

THEY LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE

SHOW BOAT IS HERE AND WE ARE

READY TO GET STARTED.

>> FOR SEVEN YEARS, INDIANA

UNIVERSITY USED BOTH THE

STEAMBOAT AND THE CALLIOPE AND

EVERYTHING THAT CAME WITH IT,

BUT EVENTUALLY THE MAJESTIC WAS

SOLD.

>> WHEN I.U. SOLD THE SHOW BOAT,

THEY KEPT THE PILOT WHEEL FROM

THE ATTABOY, AND THEY KEPT THE

CALLIOPE.

THE CALLIOPE WAS PUT IN STORAGE

UP IN BLOOMINGTON, AND IN 1976,

THE THEATER DEPARTMENT PUT IT

TOGETHER IN A RECREATION OF A

CIRCUS WAGON.

THEY PUT THE CALLIOPE IN THERE,

JUST AS IT WAS AND LITERALLY

TOURED THE STATE OF INDIANA WITH

IT.

WE HAVE TOURED WITH THAT

CALLIOPE SINCE THEN.

VERY FEW YEARS HAS IT NOT RUN

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ABOUT A

TEN-YEAR RUN BETWEEN 2007 AND

2017, WHEN IT DIDN'T GO OUT ON

THE ROAD.

>> AND AS IT SET IN STORAGE, IT

DECAYED, THE CALLIOPE SILENCED

BY YEARS OF NEGLECT.

UNTIL J.T. FORBES, C.E.O. OF THE

INDIANA UNIVERSITY ALUMNI

ASSOCIATION STEPPED IN TO TAKE

THIS PIECE OF HOOSIER HISTORY

AND INTRODUCE IT TO A NEW

AUDIENCE.

>> I GOT THE CALL FROM J.T.

SAYING THAT THEY WANTED TO

REWORK THE HOMECOMING PARADE,

TRY TO, YOU KNOW, ADD SOME NEW

ENERGY TO IT, AND ONE OF THE

PIECES THEY WANTED TO WORK WITH

TO DO THAT WAS THE CALLIOPE.

WOULD I BE WILLING TO TAKE A

LOOK AT IT?

SO I WENT UP AND LOOKED AT IT,

AND SOME OF THE WOODWORK WAS

CLEARLY IN BAD REPAIR.

SO WE ENDED UP TRYING TO FIND

SOMEONE WHO COULD DO THAT KIND

OF WORK, AND ENDED UP WITH A

COMPANY DOWN OUT OF BLOOMINGTON,

MONROE RESTORATION.

SO HE CAME UP AND LOOKED AT IT.

TURNED OUT THE UNIT WAS IN MUCH

WORSE SHAPE THAN WE THOUGHT IT.

FROM SITTING THERE ALL OF THOSE

YEARS, WE HAD A LOT OF DRY ROT.

AND TIM LOOKED AT IT AND SAID WE

HAVE TO STRIP IT DOWN TO ITS

FRAME AND REBUILD IT.

>> THE GOAL OF THE RENOVATION

WAS TO MAINTAIN AS MUCH OF THE

ORIGINAL CALLIOPE.

THEY REALIZED CERTAIN THINGS

LIKE THE HEATING AND THE STEAM

SYSTEM WOULD HAVE TO BE

REPLACED.

AFTER THE RESTORATION WAS

FINISHED, THE CALLIOPE MADE ITS

FIRST JOURNEY TO THE I.U.

HOMECOMING PARADE IN 2016.

SINCE THEN, IT'S BECOME A

POPULAR ATTRACTION AT EVENTS

ACROSS THE STATE.

THIS CALLIOPE HARKENS BACK TO

THE CIRCUS, TO STEAMBOATS AND TO

LIFE ON THE RIVER.

IT IS A PIECE OF U.S. HISTORY,

THE STATE'S HISTORY AND NOW MORE

THAN EVER, PART OF INDIANA

UNIVERSITY'S HISTORY.

>> THIS IS A PART OF HISTORY

THAT GOES BACK BEYOND YOUR

GRANDPARENTS AND YOUR GREAT

GRANDPARENTS BECAUSE THIS WAS

THE WAY WE ADVERTISED 150 YEARS

AGO.

HISTORY IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND I

KNOW IT'S PROBABLY THE MOST

BORING SUBJECT YOU WILL EVER GO

THROUGH IN SCHOOL, BUT IT IS

VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE LEARN

FROM OUR HISTORY.

AND OUR HISTORY HAS MANY

DIFFERENT FACETS.

IT WAS THE WAY THE CIRCUS

ADVERTISED.

YOU KNOW, THE CALLIOPE WAS THE

LAST UNIT IN THE PARADE.

THAT WAS THE FOLLOW ME TO THE

BIG TOP, TO THE SHOW.

SO I THINK THE REASON TO KEEP A

CALLIOPE AROUND IS BECAUSE WE

NEED TO KNOW WHAT THAT WAS.

AND WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT FROM

OUR HISTORY, SO WHY NOT HAVE AN

AUDIBLE REMINDER OF WHAT HISTORY

WAS?

>> BEFORE WE SAY GOOD-BYE, LET'S

TAKE A BIT MORE TIME TO LOOK AT

ALL THE DETAILS OF THE WORLD'S

LARGEST CIRCUS DIORAMA.

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