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Monon Things to Do

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    by Toughluck Written May 2, 2007

    If you have time, and it's not a weekend, stop at the Red Monon Caboose, and spend some time watching the a train pass through the Monon Yard. Don't hang around waiting, as there are only a few trains a day, and often that means one. But if you pass a train on the line, headed in the direction you're going, stop in Monon and wait for it. If there is no train, take a look at the working equipment poised around the switch house, waiting for work.

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    by Toughluck Updated Apr 3, 2007

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 91.1982.1
    County: White
    Title: Monon, Indiana

    Marker Text: Monon-Intersection of the New Albany and Salem (org. 1847) and the Indianapolis, Delphi and Chicago (1878) railroads. These roads later merged to become "The Monon Route," Indiana's beloved "Hoosier Line," and provided over a century of passenger service to the state. The "Monon" was known nationwide for fine passenger and dining service until 1967. One of the first 1st class railroads to completely dieselize (1947), it merged with the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) July 30, 1971.

    Credit Line: Presented by the Monon Historical Society, 1982
    Directions: US 421/Market Street & E. Third Street, Monon.

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    by Toughluck Updated Jan 19, 2007

    A great Restaurant and nice museum. The collection comes from one person, who collected the first class plates and silver from numerous railroads and many pieces of actually railroad equipment and rolling stock. The crane out front is a great first impression. Box cars, cabooses, flat beds, and smaller items litter the grounds and fill the museum. There are short videos about railroading and you can walk through an actual station.

    If you like railroads, but aren't into all the details, the restaurant has good food and if you show your receipt, they'll give you a $1 off at the museum.

    Eat to the left, museum to the right Rolling stock abounds
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Monon Off The Beaten Path

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    by Toughluck Written May 2, 2007

    If you're heading north from Monon, be sure to catch a glimpse of the large limestone (gravel) quarry. Just below the surface of much of the state are beds of limestone. Down south by Shakamak State Park and Bedford, the quarries sell building stone to the world. Here in the north end of the state, gravel is the primary product of these quarries. This particular quarry had a large hopper car of limestone parked along the road. It's both a reminder of what the Monon Railroad shipped in it's early days and a one of a kind railroad car. You see, it's all aluminum! I always think of aluminum cans. And those would not hold the weigth of the gravel shipped by railroad. It's an interesting sight.

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Monon Favorites

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    by sambarnett Written Sep 7, 2002

    Favorite thing: The sign reads:
    Monon History
    1830 first settlers, Cornelius Sutton
    1836 White County organized
    1837 first settlement, West Bedford
    1841 first school
    1853 Construction of Monon railroad. Town of Monon laid out.

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