“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newport in Vermillion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Vermillion County Courthouse

Vermillion County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 18, 2007
1. Vermillion County Marker
Inscription. Vermillion County was created by an act of the State Legislature January 2, 1824. On this site the first Courthouse was erected in 1825 at the cost of $345.00. The present structure was built in 1924.

This plaque placed in 1974 in Honor of Vermillion County's one hundred and fiftieth Anniversary.
Erected 1974 by Vermillion County Sesquicentennial Committee.
Location. 39° 53.09′ N, 87° 24.537′ W. Marker is in Newport, Indiana, in Vermillion County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Main Street and Market Street (Indiana Route 450). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport IN 47966, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vermillion County Indiana - - War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vermillion County Jail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newport Covered Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fulton Township (approx. 4.9 miles away); Honor Roll of Iraq and Afghanistan War Deaths from Indiana
Vermillion County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 18, 2007
2. Vermillion County Courthouse
(approx. 5.9 miles away); American Legion Veterans (approx. 5.9 miles away); Oakland Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Silver Island Cemetery (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport.
More about this marker. Marker is located on the East Entrance of the Courthouse.
Regarding Vermillion County Courthouse. The Courthouse is grand and historical. Each year, on the first weekend of October, the Courthouse is the center of a world class auto event known as the "Newport Hillclimb".

All type and years of quality automotive machines are on display showcasing the "Newport Hillclimb". It is a class run against the clock. Vehicles of all type race in their designated classes.

The time of each run is multiplied by the cubic-inch displacement of the engine to determine the final score. So, the fastest time doesn’t always guarantee a top trophy.
Also see . . .
1. Newport Hill Climb Web Site - Has Old Race Photos. (Submitted on November 19, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
The "Hill" image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 18, 2007
3. The "Hill"
From outside the east entrance of the Courthouse looking south up the hill. In the 1920's the hill was reduced to its current height and grade (1,800 feet long, 140 feet high).
Even reduced, even in good weather, cars often had to be driven backward in order to crest the hill. Reverse gear was the only gear low enough on the cars of that day to power them up the hill.
Races, hosted by The Newport Lions Club, have been held on this hill for many years.

2. Antique Auto Hill Climb.
From an article published in the Tribune-Star on September 27, 2007:
The Newport Hill Climb likely began as an “innocent” challenge between two owners of those new-fangled automobiles. While early autos had trouble making it up the crest of the hill, soon topping the 140-foot-plus hill became common, but still a great struggle on the early gasoline engines. Then, it wasn’t just enough to top the hill. You had to be the fastest to climb it.

(Submitted on November 29, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Antique Motorcycle Hill Climb. A "YouTube" video, of the same hill in Newport, Indiana, shoing an Antique Motorcycle race. All race the clock. (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

4. Virtual Tour ( Courtesy - - Indiana Government web page). (Submitted on February 9, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,636 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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