The Legend of Dunn's Bridge A little piece of history is rusting away quietly where it has spanned the waters of the Kankakee River for a century. Legend has it that Dunn's Bridge, just north of Tefft, Indiana, is constructed from steel salvaged from one of the late 19th century's most audacious engineering project--the gigantic mechanical wheel...more
Baum's Bridge was an early crossing of the Kankakee River, which really means the Kankakee Marsh. When the Miami and Potawatomi Indians lived throughtout northwest Indiana, the marsh was a major impediment to travel. It was a great place to find food, but a terrible place to try and get to the other side. Over time, the locals discovered a few safe...more
Once August arrives, the farmers begin looking towards harvest. It won't occur until the end of September or October. Soy Beans and Corn dominate the landscape. Corn will last longer in the field then beans. As corn dries, the husk keeps the seeds in. As Beans dry, the shells begin to pop open and the seed will be on the ground..Harvesters need low...more
Don't judge the place by the outside. The town has become a quiet wayside along Indiana 49. But it's worth the trip for lunch at Schnick's(sp?). It's a cozy place on the inside. Table for parties of 6 are the norm, but any group from 1 up is welcome. Evenings can be a bit of a line, but mid-day, there is no waiting. The people are friendly and it's...more
Times change and so does Kouts. The Burger King pulled out in October 2009. Still can get a snack at the gas station, but you'll need to look to the Koffee Kup, Main Street Cafe, Subway, Cronies, Countryside Pizza, or the Italian place for a meal.It's a Burger King in the corner gas station/convenience store. But for those of you who are looking...more
Joy's was a new in 2004 and closed in 2008. Jose was diagnosed with cancer and they had to give up the restaurant to met their family needs. They have had many hard days since. The community came together to raise money to help pay medical costs. Since Joy's closed a new Italian restaurant has opened in the same place. New tip to be added. It must...more
Listed as offering American Misc food, Cronies is a long time favorite. I've not stopped in yet, but it and Joy's are the two staples. Cronies was originally a bar and still is primarily the place to go for a drink. They've added a family dining room, which is busy on Friday nights.more
The Koffee Kup is where the town comes for it's morning coffee. When a stranger walks-in, there is a momentary quiet as they all take it in. Then it's back to their coffee and conversation. Don't feel like a stranger, because you'll be treated as a friend. It's all home style cooking. I've only had breakfast, and it's always been good. Oh, they...more
Yes, this was only the first time. I'll be interesting to see if it becomes an annual event. Nightlife in a small town can be rather simple or none existent. Here, is an opportunity (although only a few nights a year) to be part of something wonderful.
It occurred the weekend before Christmas for 2 nights only.
Dress Code: You're in your car, the kids can come in the pajamas.
Last Saturday in August. It's one of the few one-day festivals in the state. Before 7:00 the races begin. S.R. 49 is closed through town. This creates a long detour for through traffic, but makes the center of town comfortable for people. Booths have been sprouting along the sidewalks since Friday Night, with the last ones going up Saturday morning...more
Located south of Kouts, on the way to Donna Jo's Campground (blue or white campground signs with arrows), you'll come to an unmarked farm that has a labyrinth mowed into the pasture, just south of the barn. The setting allows for contemplation without the interruptions or distractions of traffic, noise from others (except when the tractors are in...more
Valparaiso is the county seat and the nearest major commercial area. It's about 15 miles north on Indiana 49. Here, you'll find a movie theater (after spring 2008), a drive-in theater all summer, and several major shopping areas with places like Kohl's, Walmart, Menards, Best Buy, Target and many others.more
Kouts lies on the northern edge of the Grand Kankakee Marsh. Once 500,000 acres of marshlands and the greatest bird paradise north of the Everglades. Actually, Kouts in on a spur of dry land that delved deeply south into the marsh. The variety of plant life has dwindled as the marsh was drained and turned into some of the finest farm land in the...more