West Baden Springs in Orange County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
West Baden Depot
The first rails into the Valley of Springs were built in 1887. Just outside the entrance arches at West Baden Springs Hotel are remnants of the rails and the foundation of the West Baden Depot. The Monon Line would stop at this depot before continuing on to the Monon Depot at French Lick.
Lee W. Sinclair, owner of West Baden Springs Hotel, was instrumental in the development of the original New Albany and Salem Railroad. He reasoned that the train would increase traffic to his hotel immensely even during the cold months of winter. Therefore, Sinclair added amenities including heating and lighting to all rooms and a famous opera house. As many as 12 trains served West Baden on a daily basis.
In 1901, West Baden Springs Hotel experienced one of the most destructive fires the area had ever seen. The West Baden Depot and the Monon Railway were instrumental in transporting guests away from the blaze. Most of the guests were sent to French Lick Springs Hotel and then utilized the depot and Monon Line to return home.
Erected by French Lick Resort Historical Walking Tour. (Marker Number
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
Location. 38° 34.008′ N, 86° 36.865′ W. Marker is in West Baden Springs, Indiana, in Orange County. Marker is on West Baden Avenue just west of Broadway Street (Indiana Route 56), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located near the southwest corner of the West Baden Springs Archway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8538 West Baden Avenue, West Baden Springs IN 47469, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archway (a few steps from this marker); Traveling in Style: The Monon Connection (a few steps from this marker); Springs Valley Bank & Trust Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Eighth Wonder of the World Revived (within shouting distance of this marker); Brick Drive (within shouting distance of this marker); Golf Courses (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Apollo: Spring No. 3 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sprudel: Spring No. 7 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Baden Springs.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. West Baden Springs Hotel
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1. West Baden Springs Hotel
In 1887, a wave of new tourist traffic arrived in the area when the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway established an extension of its line (called the Monon Railroad) to both French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel. The two locations quickly rose in national prominence, attracting guests from all over the country.(Submitted on April 8, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. New Albany and Salem Railroad.
The New Albany and Salem Railroad played a crucial role in the commercial and industrial development of southern Indiana for more than a century. Organized in 1847, the railroad linked New Albany with Salem, Indiana. The route followed a stagecoach line that ran between Indianapolis and Louisville through Bloomington. The first train reached Salem in 1850.(Submitted on April 8, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 8, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.