Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Indiana's First Railroad / Madison's Boat Builders
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. 38° 44.099′ N, 85° 23.487′ W. Marker is in Madison, Indiana, in Jefferson Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison IN 47250, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Madison's Riverfront / Underground Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Railroad on the Riverfront / Madison's Iron Foundries (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cravens Square (approx. ¼ mile away); Lanier's Legacy (approx. ¼ mile away); Lower Seminary School / Trolley Barn (approx. ¼ mile away); Servicing the Automobile / Building Roads (approx. ¼ mile away); James F. D. Lanier (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crystal Beach (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Streetside History • Madison, Indiana
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1. Madison Railroad Incline Cut. The Madison, Indianapolis & Lafayette Railroad was the State’s first railroad, running 20 miles between Madison and North Vernon. Eventually the line would extend to Indianapolis. The part of the tracks known as “the incline” or “the cut” begins north of the intersection of West Main and McIntire Streets. Mostly Irish laborers built the incline over the course of five years. For several years, (Submitted on September 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Madison’s Shipyards. In its heyday, it was the shipyards perhaps more than anything else that gave Madison the economic boost necessary for the little town to flourish. By the early 1840’s the focus of shipyard activity had shifted to the west end of town. There, near the foot of the present railroad cut, a large drydock was built around 1840. By 1850 the Madison Marine Railway was established on that spot and began building not only packet steamers, but also ferries and barges. (Submitted on September 8, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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