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Loving Elkhart, IN :-)

Loving Elkhart, IN :-)

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Things Elkhart, IN is famous for - Railroad Musem, RV and instrument manufacturing

Things Elkhart, IN is famous for - Railroad Musem, RV and instrument manufacturing

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Entrance to Conn Selmer in Elkhart,IN

Entrance to Conn Selmer in Elkhart,IN

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You are forgiven at being confused why the little city of Elkhart, IN is so important to the world of Jazz.  However, without the hard work of many people in this little city you would not be able to enjoy the sounds of Selmer saxophones, Bach trumpets CG Conn tubas and many more instruments made here.  Along Industrial Parkway are rows of factories each specialising in a different kind of musical instrument.  I went to the head quarters to see whether I could tour any of them, however without prior appointment that isn’t possible.  In any case they had already finished for the day by the time I got there.  Having learnt to play the saxophone on a Selmer as a teenager, I am still rather pleased to have been at the head office of this legendary instrument maker.

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Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great so I didn’t walk around the historic district as much as I would have done on a sunny day.  I took these pictures of the Lerner Theatre just as it started raining.  I spotted a few more elks around the city and with a name like Elkhart it isn’t surprising they feature as street art!

All the major industries of the city are summarised in this concise mural:

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and all that Jazz! You are forgiven at being confused why the little city of Elkhart, IN is so important to the world of Jazz. 
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Route back east to Chicago on the current trip

Route back east to Chicago on the current trip

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East to West journey of current trip

East to West journey of current trip

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Back on the road (tracks?) again

Back on the road (tracks?) again

Amtrak vacation

This is a scheduled post likely to be old news to anyone following me on facebook.  To keep my WordPress routine going, this introductory post to my adventure was written before I got on the train and will be published when I’m already en-route.

It is a journey in the US which I planned on using the Amtrak USA Rail Pass ticket again.  It turns out this journey was cheaper to buy each ticket…

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One of the farmers who discovered the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China

One of the farmers who discovered the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, China

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Detailed decorated warriors for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

Detailed decorated warriors for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

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Replica warrior for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

Replica warrior for sale at the Terracotta Army site in Xi’an, China

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