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RV Hall of Fame Museum - Elkhart, IN

I have to admit I originally only visited the RV Museum to see the Bluebird from Keeping Your Daydream. But, when we stepped into the 100,000 square foot museum, I was in awe of the history it contained.

We spent several hours going through the historic RV’s. This is a definite must see if you are in the Elkhart, Indiana area.

Located at: 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, IN

The Bird - RV Hall of Fame Museum - Elkhart, IN

We have watched @keepyourdaydream since they sold their home and went full-time on the road in 2016 with their family of 5.

They purchased a vintage 1984 Bluebird Wanderlodge motorhome to take on Route 66 from Illinois to California. After this trip, Marc & Tricia, dropped off the Bluebird at the RV Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, IN for others to enjoy.

Located at: 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart, IN

Poker Alice - RV Hall of Fame Museum - Elkhart, IN

Alice Ivers Duffield Tubbs Huchert - February 17, 1851 - February 27, 1930

Alice was born to Irish immigrants in Devon, England. Her family moved to Virginia when Alice was 12.

Alice was known as an English poker and faro player in the American West, a gambler, brothel owner & rancher. She was also known for her cigar smoking and was a straight faced gambler who rarely lost. Alice spent a lot of her winnings in New York on clothes. Her favorite saying was “Praise the Lord and place your bets. I’ll take your money with no regrets”. Alice claimed to have won $250,000 at the gaming tables and never cheated.

Alice was married 3 times. Alice married her first husband, Frank Duffield, when she was 20 years old. Frank got Alice interested in Poker. Frank was killed in a mining accident while resetting dynamite only a few years after they were married.

Her next husband, Warren G. Tubbs, she met in a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota. It is said that she brought 2 children to this marriage. Some say she had 7 children with Warren and others report this is not true. Warren died in 1909 of pneumonia.

Her third husband, George Huckert tended sheep on her homestead. George was relentless about marrying Alice. She finally gave in when she realized it was easier for her to marry George than to pay him for tending her ranch. After Warren’s death Alice purchased a building in Bear Butte Creek, SD called “Poker Alice’s Resort”.

In 1913 Alice had trouble with Troop K from Ft. Mead and shot and killed one of the soldiers. She was not prosecuted as it was determined she was justified in shooting the soldier as she was defending her property. She was charged with keeping a house of “illfame” and her 6 girls were convicted of frequenting a house of “illfame”.

Two years later another shooting occurred at her resort. This was written off as a “booze fight”.

In 1924 Alice’s resort was raided in regards to bootlegging. In 1925 it was raided again and this time Alice was charged for bootlegging and running a house of prostitution. On December 20, 1928 Alice was pardoned after the community petitioned the government to grant Alice a pardon due to her poor health.

On February 6, 1930 Alice had gallbladder surgery. Her recovery did not go well and she died on February 27, 1930.

When Alice’s will was read she had disinherited her relatives for not paying attention to her in her declining years and she gave her estate to her friends.

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