Sample Chapter – Indiana’s First Railroad

Sample Chapter - Indiana's First Railroad
Sample Chapter – Indiana’s First Railroad


Sample Chapter
Short History of Railroads- Indiana Edition
Chapter title – Indiana’s First Railroad

History of Railroads in Indiana
An historical marker in Shelbyville, Indiana notes the spot of the first railroad built west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Title of Marker:
Indiana’s First Railroad
Location:
SR 44 between E. Broadway & McLane Streets, east of downtown Shelbyville. (Shelby County, Indiana)
Installed by:
Erected by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission, 1966
Marker ID #:
73.1966.2
Marker Text:
An experimental two mile road was completed to this point on July 4, 1834. A horse-drawn car carried Hoosiers on a railroad for the first time.
Short History by the Author
The Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission dedicated a marker on July 3 1966 in Shelbyville, Indiana, on the site of the first railroad built west of the Allegheny Mountains. Judge W. J. Peasley, one of the early settlers in Shelby County, during the early part of the year 1834, built a road one and one-half miles long just east of Shelbyville, consisting of wooden ties and rails, on which the cars were drawn by horse power. The formal opening of the road occurred July 4, 1834, and a parade which formed at the courthouse marched to the western terminus of the road. A company of light infantry followed by Revolutionary soldiers and a committee of citizens formed the parade. Also twenty-five little girls dressed in white, trimmed with
Blue, bearing the banners of the several states at that time, were in the line of march.

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