Abe Martin has become a favorite son of Brown County
and of the State Park which includes Weed Patch Hill and
its surroundings. The Abe Martin Lodge commemorates his
connection with the county.
For twenty-five years,
from 1905-1930, "Abe Martin" was the mouthpiece for
Kin Hubbard's daily quips in The Indianapolis News,
which, accompanied by sketches of Abe and his friends in
action, were syndicated across the nation.
Hubbard was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and settled
in Indianapolis, starting the Abe Martin Character in 1904.
At first Abe Martin belonged to no particular locality,
but on February 3, 1905, he announced,"I'm goin' ter move
ter Brown County Tewmorrow," and the next day he was
depicted in a wagon piled high with household goods.
His comment was, "By cracky, it's sum travelin'
ter git ter Brown County." The reason for the move lay in
the fact that the steep hills and the general
"picturesque-ness" of that area lent
themselves to humorous exaggeration and provided the
material Hubbard liked for his pictorial backgrounds.
Gradually many of Abe's neighbors came into being, to appear
in the pictures and text. The cottages of the Abe Martin Lodge in
the Park bear the names of these characters.
Much of Hubbard's
humor is as timely now as it was during its heyday,
from 1905 to 1930. Will Rogers called Kin Hubbard "
America's greatest humorist."
played a significant part in drawing the attention of artists
and tourists to Brown County. They, in turn, have made the
area world famous. In dedication to his memory, the
Department of Natural Resources built Abe Martin Lodge in
1932 on Kin Hubbard Ridge, naming the cottages after his