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Marion in Grant County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Former Narrow Gauge Railroad

Railroad Construction

 
 
Former Narrow Gauge Railroad Marker (side one) image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
1. Former Narrow Gauge Railroad Marker (side one)
Inscription.
Side 1
Tracklayers building narrow gauge railroad connecting Great Lakes at Toledo, Ohio, with Mississippi River reached this point October 1, 1880. In 1887, 2,000 men converted 206 miles of this to standard gauge railroad in 11 hours.

Side 2
A significant part of America’s rail system in the 19th century was 18,000 miles of 3-foot-wide narrow gauge railroad in 44 states. Most subsequently converted to 4-foot, 8½ inch standard gauge.
 
Erected 1992 by Indiana Historical Bureau and National Railway Historical Society. (Marker Number 27.1992.1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. 40° 33.466′ N, 85° 39.361′ W. Marker is in Marion, Indiana, in Grant County. Marker is at the intersection of East 4th Street and South McClure Street on East 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 E 4th St, Marion IN 46952, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Korean War Honor Roll - Grant County (Indiana) ( about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Persian Gulf Veterans Memorial
Railroad Construction Marker (side two) image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
2. Railroad Construction Marker (side two)
( approx. 0.2 miles away); Marion (Indiana) W.W. I Honor Roll ( approx. 0.2 miles away); WW II Grant County (Indiana) Veterans Memorial ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Grant County (Indiana) Vietnam War Memorial ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
 
Also see . . .
1. Window to the Past - A narrow-gauge railroad. Does not mention Marion, Indiana, where this marker stands, but it does discuss the narrow-gauge railroad being developed to connect Toledo, the Great Lakes and St. Louis. (Submitted on July 26, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.) 

2. Indiana Railroads Map (.pdf). (Submitted on February 5, 2008.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Norfolk Southern
The Norfolk Southern Railroad currently operates this rail line. The Indiana Department of Transportation makes available a 2006 map of active rail lines in Indiana that can be found at Link No. 2 above.
    — Submitted February 4, 2008, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.

2. The Cloverleaf RR (Narrow gauge)
The Toledo, St.
Former Narrow Gauge Railroad / Railroad Construction Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 1, 2007
3. Former Narrow Gauge Railroad / Railroad Construction Marker
Louis and Western Railroad was one of several narrow gauge lines operating out of a hub of narrow gauge lines in Delphos, Ohio. It began operations in 1877 and had reached East St. Louis on the Mississippi River under the name Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad by 1877. It was part of a greater scheme to connect Toledo with Mexico. In 1923, it was merged with the Nickle Plate Railroad. Ref:Railroads of Indiana; Richard S. Simms and Francis H. Parke; Indiana University Press, 1997, pg 124
    — Submitted November 2, 2010, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.

 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,917 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 2, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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