Throwback Thursday

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Article by Dave Kurtz | KPC News | May 10, 2018 
AUBURN — The DeKalb County Visitors Bureau is celebrating Visit DeKalb County Week through Saturday.
Today on Throwback Thursday, the focus is on the many historical gems in the county. The bureau is encouraging residents to visit these sites to learn more about local heritage.
The bureau listed these locations of note:
• The DeKalb County Courthouse was built in 1911. It features a dome capped in Florentine art glass, as well as Vermont marble and beautiful murals.
• The Eckhart Public Library was established in 1910 and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Its interior is undergoing renovation following a fire in 2017.
• Both the Waterloo Grant Township Public Library and the DeKalb County Historical Museum at Butler are housed in Carnegie library buildings.
• The Spencerville Covered Bridge was built in 1873 to span the St. Joe River. It was one of five covered bridges that once were located in DeKalb County and is the only one remaining. It can be enjoyed during the Supper on the Bridge event held annually in August.
• The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and National Auto and Truck Museum are housed in original buildings of the Auburn Automobile Co., which are designated as a National Historic Landmark.
• The Garrett Railroad Museum occupies a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad freight station.
• The Waterloo Depot was built in 1883 and has an open house on the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., seasonally.
For those interested in historic homes, the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau has printed brochures for a self-guided walking tour. Included on the tour are estates from early visionaries such as E.L. Cord, president of the Auburn Automobile Co. that designed and built the famous Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg automobiles; Morris Eckhart, whose family started the Eckhart Carriage Co.; and U.S. Rep. James T. Farley, to name a few. Each of the 44 locations reflects the prosperity of the “Golden Age” of Auburn’s transportation heritage.
For more information on the Visitors Bureau and area attractions, people may visit, call 927-1499, or go to the office at 500 N. Grandstaff Drive, Suite C, Auburn. 

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