Highway named in honor of Holiday World's Bill Koch

Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Members of the Indiana House and Senate today voted unanimously to rename a portion of Indiana 162 the “W.A. Koch Memorial Highway,” in honor of the developer of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

Representative Russ Stilwell authored the legislative resolution; it was sponsored in the State Senate by Senator Richard Young.

The resolution, which now awaits Governor O’Bannon’s signature, calls for the stretch of Indiana 162 from Gentryville, through Lincoln City and Santa Claus, to Interstate 64 south of Ferdinand to be renamed in honor of Koch.

“My father devoted his life to making southern Indiana a better place to live, work and play,” says Koch’s eldest son, Will. “It means the world to my family to have an Indiana highway named in his memory. We’ve been told the new highway signs will go up in time for the summer tourist season.”

William Albert Koch, Sr., who passed away last September, is remembered as a man of great vision and integrity. From the development of Santa Claus Land (now called Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari) to the establishment of Christmas Lake Village, a rural community designed to reverse Spencer County’s population drain, Bill Koch took risks to fulfill his dream of developing the town of Santa Claus into an exceptional place to live and visit.

In 1962, Koch was present when President John Kennedy signed legislation creating the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in nearby Lincoln City, Indiana. Koch was also instrumental in persuading the federal government to reroute Interstate 64 so that when it was built in the 1970s it would run through extreme southern Indiana. One of his final projects was the upcoming rerouting and expansion of U.S. 231 through Spencer County.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:12 AM
Wow! A great honor for a great man :)
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:19 AM
Excellent!  Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Koch, he sure has left one heck of a legacy. 
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:22 AM
Kewl. A very high honor to a guy which desserved it.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:23 AM
How cool is that! I'm soo very happy for the Kochs! He had a vision, one with great integrity. This is a very positive thing for the amusement industry as well.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:37 AM
The only downside to all this...Highway 162 (or, rather, the W.A. Koch Memorial Highway) is one of the *few* roads around here that doesn't have air-time. :)

We're so proud of this! Thanks for all your kind words.

Paula

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Paula Werne
Director of Public Relations
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.
JPWerne@holidayworld.com

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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:47 AM
That's great! What an honor for a great man!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:48 AM
Yes, I remember my stomach flipping often on the Indiana Knobs when I was a kid.  Many of the old roads in southern Indiana really did have air time.

Otherwise, I can only repeat what others have already said, a nice tribute to a wonderful man.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 12:05 PM
Awsome!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 12:19 PM
This is a very great thing to hear, I can't wait to see the park and the newly named W.A. Koch Memorial Highway this summer!
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 12:22 PM
How close is it to Holiday World? I've been to HW but I didn't watch road signs......I wasn't driving. hehe
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 12:55 PM
Ho old is Mr.Bill Koch ?
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 1:13 PM
Titan, he sadly passed away this past September.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 3:09 PM
Fantastic! Very cool. He did so much for us......all we can do is keep going to HW, and I don't see a problem with that! :)
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 4:14 PM
What a wonderful way to honor a great man! Mr Koch was a man whom we greatly admired. We can't wait to see the signs along the highway.

Scott & Carol

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 10:45 AM
COOL !
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:47 PM
I'll look forward to driving down the highway in his honor one day soon on my way to HW. Hopefully next year for SRM.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 6:23 PM
...just another addition to the fantastic legacy Mr. Koch left behind, besides a fantastic park, a terrific family, and a greatly improved southern Indiana. 

Of course, if you want the road to have air, you gotta get Jeff H. out there working on it...;)

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