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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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentLandmarksNotable BuildingsRoads & Vehicles.
 
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 (State Road 450). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport IN 47966, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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
Vermillion County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, November 18, 2007
2. Vermillion County Courthouse
feet away, measured in a direct line); Newport Covered Bridge (approx. 1.3 miles away); Mill Creek Covered Bridge (approx. 3 miles away); Fulton Township (approx. 4.9 miles away); Honor Roll of Iraq and Afghanistan War Deaths from Indiana (approx. 5.9 miles away); American Legion Veterans (approx. 5.9 miles away); Oakland Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 . . .
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.

1. Newport Hill Climb Web Site - Has Old Race Photos. (Submitted on November 19, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. 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.) 
 
Additional keywords. Newport Hillclimb
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,731 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2007, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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