Near Princeton in Gibson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Settled in late 1840s by Joshua and Sanford Lyles, former slaves from Tennessee. African Methodist Episcopal Church (since 1860) and schools (1865-1958) played important roles in sustaining the community. On land donated by Joshua Lyles, railroad companies maintained a station circa 1870-1950s for passenger, freight, and mail service.
Named Lyles Station 1886. Community declined after widespread flooding in 1913. It remains probably most intact African-American settlement in the state; several present residents are descendants of original settlers. Lyles Consolidated School, built 1919, listed in National Register of Historic Places 1999; restoration began 2001.
Erected 2002 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corporation. (Marker Number 26.2002.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 38° 22.18′ N, 87° 39.556′ W. Marker is near Princeton, Indiana, in Gibson County. Marker is on County Road 500W south of Road 100N, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the South lawn of the Lyles Station School
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lyles Station, Indiana (within shouting distance of this marker); Judge William Prince (approx. 5 miles away); Civil War Honor Roll Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Gibson County American Revolution Honor Roll (approx. 5 miles away); Gibson County World Wars I and II Honor Roll (approx. 5 miles away); Gibson County Korean - Vietnam Honor Rolls (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gibson County Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Gibson County Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton.
Also see . . .
1. Video Tour : :. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Lyles Station & Museum Reviewed ::. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
3. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 21, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.