After visiting most of the attractions the community of Vincennes has to offer, Rooster and I decided to drive the city streets to get a feel for this small Indiana city. We came across some interesting discoveries. The Vincennes experience became an enjoyable way to spend our last evening before heading home in the morning.
Driving the streets in the Vincennes Experience
We headed for the downtown section of the city. The course we drove took us past the University of Vincennes and carried us over a bridge spanning the Wabash River. We soon found ourselves in the state of Illinois. The scenery is more or less the same as you will find in rural Indiana. There was a wheat field, barns, farm machinery, and soybeans.
It didn’t take long before we turned around and headed back toward the Wabash River. Rooster noticed a large memorial beside the road and pulled into the parking lot. This tribute of the Lincoln family passing through Vincennes on their way to Illinois became a great find.
George Rodgers Clark National Historical Park
We passed by the giant memorial standing on the banks of the Wabash River several times during the day. Rooster and I didn’t understand its significance until we climbed out of the car and walked through the George Rodgers Clark National Historical Park. We read the plaques on the grounds and discovered the massive granite memorial stood on the spot where Fort Sackville once existed. George Rogers Clark captured this fort in 1779 with the help of frontiersmen and Frenchmen.
Rooster and I sat for a while, enjoying the evening breeze and admiring the memorial. You can climb the steps and go inside, but it remained closed at the time of our visit. The mosquitos, combined with hunger, drove us away.
Exploring downtown during the Vincennes experience
Rooster and I headed for the older section of downtown as a way to enhance the Vincennes experience. It is easy to find a certain historic charm in this older section of many Indiana cities. Many Hoosier communities have expanded a considerable amount of effort to restore deteriorating buildings while preserving elements of the past. This part of town, filled with unique shops and restaurants, attracted our attention. Vincennes proved to be going along with this trend.
The first thing rooster and I noticed is Red Skelton is everywhere. The Pantheon Theatre where Skelton acted in a 1929 Minstrel show is still standing. Rooster says the city is smart to capitalize on the fact the comedian grew up in the place.
The Olde Thyme Diner is where we decided to eat breakfast the next morning
We saw a live cat enjoying the evening in the Humane Societies’ window.
A trendy shops
The newly constructed student housing at the University of Vincennes reminded us of buildings in the French quarter.
Heading home after our Vincennes experience
I always have a sad feeling when we head home after one of our adventures. It’s a sensation of ending a wonderful experience combined with a dread of climbing back into the grind of real life. Rooster and I took a rambling road on our way home. We stopped at a roadside antique store. We exited the freeway and drove past large animal sculptures and painted grain silos. The scenic country roads made the journey home exciting.
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