The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana (Images of Rail Series)

The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana (Images of Rail Series)

by David E. Longest
     
 

In the spring of 1847, James Brooks met with six associates in Providence to forever change the face of transportation in Indiana. The New Albany and Salem Rail Road Company was born as a result of this historic meeting. Today this railroad, most often called the Monon, is only a memory of a time when trains streaked across the hills and farmland of southern

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Overview

In the spring of 1847, James Brooks met with six associates in Providence to forever change the face of transportation in Indiana. The New Albany and Salem Rail Road Company was born as a result of this historic meeting. Today this railroad, most often called the Monon, is only a memory of a time when trains streaked across the hills and farmland of southern Indiana. The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana examines the real purpose of railroads as movers of people and the products they devoted their lives to producing and focuses on areas from New Albany to Bloomington. It identifies the only two counties in Indiana that were a part of the Salem limestone district and gives a glimpse of how the stone was removed from the earth and eventually formed into some of the nation's most beloved buildings and structures. It also takes a look at the history of several lumber-based industries and the famed products that they manufactured. New Albany was once known across America as a key producer of hardwood plywood, used in custom cabinetry, and the Showers Brothers Furniture Company of Bloomington was once the largest manufacturer of furniture in America. This book talks about the industries that created the cities and towns that many Hoosiers called home.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738552378
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
Images of Rail Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
761,162
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

David E. Longest, author of two books on railroad depots, shares the importance of the Monon Railroad to many of the businesses and industries of southern Indiana. He then recounts a time when factories purposely located on railroad lines.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
The Monon in New Albany     9
The Monon in Borden     39
The Monon in Salem     51
The Monon in Orleans and West     61
The Monon in Bedford     83
The Monon in Bloomington     109
Bibliography     127

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