On January 16, 1967, the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme wouldn’t have made it through the streets of Hammond, Indiana—or anywhere in the Chicago area. That was the day 20 inches of snow pummeled Chicagoland. The ’67 Cutlass is one of more than a dozen antique and classic cars in the Cruisin’ Through the Times exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana. This classic car exhibit, which runs through April 28, 2020, pairs each car with a newspaper headline from The Times of Northwest Indiana. The headline year coincides with the year the vehicle was manufactured.
I remember that 1967 snowfall well, back when The Times of Northwest Indiana was known as The Hammond Times. The newspaper’s headline the next day was “Worst Storm Chokes area.”
Because I grew up in Illinois just over the border from Hammond, many of the headlines in the current Indiana Welcome Center exhibit hit home. However, even visitors from other areas will recognize headlines that made national news, and all car enthusiasts will enjoy the vehicles on display. Here are some of them:
Some headlines focused on the regional slant of national news:
If you go to the classic car exhibit…
The Indiana Welcome Center is located at 7770 Corrinne Drive, off of Kennedy Avenue just south of the I-80/94 Exit 3. The Cruisin’ Through the Times exhibit is free and extends through April 28, 2020. visit the Indiana Welcome Center website for hours and additional things to do in the area.