Kokomo in Howard County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
L.E.&W. Railroad Depot
The Lake Erie and Western Railroad Depot Historic District is an important visual reminder of Kokomo's once bustling railroad industry. Focused on the only remaining train depot in the city of Kokomo, the district also includes one block of Buckeye Street (once known as Railroad Street) between Jefferson and Jackson Streets.
At this location in January 1853, Kokomo residents witnessed the arrival of the first wood-burning locomotive. Over the next 73 years, Kokomo constructed eight train stations to accommodate the high demand of rail passengers. The L.E.&W. Railroad Depot was built in the Craftsman architectural style around around 1910 with complementing Neo-Classical style commercial and warehouse buildings along Buckeye Street. This train station later became home to Norfolk & Western Railroad and then Central Railroad of Indianapolis.
The L.E.&W. Railroad Depot Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
Erected by The Community Foundation of Howard County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars
Location. 40° 29.397′ N, 86° 7.954′ W. Marker is in Kokomo, Indiana, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of West Jackson Street and North Buckeye Street, on the right when traveling west on West Jackson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North Buckeye Street, Kokomo IN 46901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Tate House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Henry C. Cole (about 700 feet away); Indiana Women's Legacy Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howard County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Charters of Freedom (approx. ¼ mile away); 1850s Railroad Workers' Quarters (approx. ¼ mile away); A Kokomo March for Dr. King (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kokomo.
More about this marker. The marker sits along the Industrial Heritage Trail
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2022, by Trevor L Whited of Kokomo, Indiana. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2022, by Trevor L Whited of Kokomo, Indiana. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.