Transportation in Indiana

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Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

cloth / 64 pp. / 2013 / 9781416994152 / $17.50
Order no. 1624

Monon, Revised Second Edition: The Hoosier Line

Gary W. Dolzall and Stephen F. Dolzall

After almost a quarter of a century, Monon: The Hoosier Line is back in print in a revised second edition featuring an updated epilogue, additional photographs, and a new afterword by Frank Van Bree, President of the Monon Railroad Historical-Technical Society, Inc. Many railroads served the state, but the Monon was Indiana’s own. If you wanted to travel from Delphi to Broad Ripple, or from Gosport to Smithville, you took the Monon. The self-proclaimed "Hoosier Line" celebrated its heritage by naming its flagship passenger train The Hoosier, featuring Indiana cooking in the dining cars and offering homespun service. Monon celebrates the history of this magnificent railroad, from its inception in 1847 as the New Albany & Salem Rail Road, then as the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago, to its merger in 1970 with the L&N, and beyond. The informative text is enhanced by 258 black-and-white illustrations and a special color insert, "The Monon in Color," with 17 additional photographs.

2002 / 216 pp / 978-0253340832 / $29.97
Order No. 3

A Look at the Rivers and Bridges of Indiana

Alys Knight, ed.

Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. The content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia and other free online resources, reproduced in book form for convenience as the reader explores Indiana waterways and bridges.

2011 / 241 pp / 9781241700768 / $26.75
Order No. 1494


Wreck of the Carl D.

Michael Schumacher

On November 18, 1958, a 623-foot limestone carrier—caught in one of the most violent storms in Lake Michigan history—broke in two and sank in less than five minutes. Four of the 35-person crew escaped to a small raft, to which they clung in total darkness, braving 30-foot waves and frigid temperatures. As the storm raged on, a search-and-rescue mission hunted for survivors, while the frantic citizens of nearby Rogers City, Michigan, the hardscrabble town that was home to 26 members of the Carl D. Bradley's crew, anxiously awaited word of their loved ones' fates. In Wreck of the Carl D., Michael Schumacher reconstructs the terrible accident, perilous search, and chilling aftermath for the small Michigan town so intimately affected by the tragedy.
paper / 264 pp. / 2010 / ISBN 978-0-253-22258-9 / $19.95
Order No. 2910

The Indiana Railroad Company - expanded and revised edition

Christopher Rund et al
The Indiana Rail Road Company is a story of extraordinary success among the scores of independent short line and regional railroads spawned in the wake of railroad deregulation. Christopher Rund chronicles the development of the company from its origins as part of America’s first land grant railroad, the Illinois Central, through the political and financial juggling required by entrepreneur Tom Hoback to purchase the line when it fell into disrepair. Reborn as a robust, profitable carrier, the INRD has become a model for the new American regional railroad. This revised edition, with a new foreword by acclaimed author Fred Frailey and four new chapters, brings readers up to date on Tom Hoback's amazing railroad adventure.
cloth / 296 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-35695-6 / $39.95
Order No. 2904

Full Steam Ahead: Reflections on the Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River

Rita Kohn, ed.

Celebrates the epic voyage of the steamboat New Orleans, which departed Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in October 1811. Onboard were Captain Nicholas Roosevelt, his crew, and his pregnant wife, their toddler, and a young maid. The New Orleans steamed to Louisville, Kentucky, and then back up to Cincinnati, Ohio, astounding the passengers it had taken onboard for it was the first steamboat capable of traveling upriver as well as down.

paper / 240 pp / 2011 / ISBN 9780871952936 / $19.95
Order No. 2882

Now That Time Has Had Its Say

J. Darrell Bakken

Now That Time Has Had Its Say

The author is the retired vice-president of engineering for the Indianapolis Water Company. He focuses on primary sources to tell the history of the Indianapolis Central Canal, 1835-2002. Learn how the Canal has been used for transportation, water power, public water supply, and economic redevelopment.

paper / 141 pp. / 2003 / ISBN1-4033-3912-0 / $15.50
Order No. 2476

Journey's End: Relics and Ruins of Indiana’s Transportation Legacy

John Bower

Journey's End is a book filled with emotional portraits of once gleaming, but now rusted, vehicles abandoned along fence rows, lonely depots adjacent to trackless railroad grades, and defunct service stations whose retired pumps offer gas at 31¢ a gallon. These are images that will spark transportation memories in everyone who sees them—of those Sunday drives to Grandma's, interminable waits at railroad crossings hoping for the arrival of a caboose, a first airplane flight, a first car, or the long bus rides to school. These stunning images are iconic reminders of where we have come from—and the means of transport we took along the way.

paper / 144 pp. / 2009 / ISBN 0-9745186-5-7 / $22.00 $15.00
Order No. 2751

 Indiana Covered Bridge Location Guide

Arthur Gatewood, Jr

Indiana Covered Bridge Location Guide

This guide contains detailed maps showing all covered bridges in Indiana, drawings of all truss types used in Indiana's covered bridges, and a listing of covered bridges located on private property.

paper / 39 pp. / 1998 / $7.00
Order No. 2276

Indiana Covered Bridges

Marsha Williamson Mohr

A symbol of Indiana's past, the covered bridge still evokes feelings of nostalgia, romance, and even mystery. During the 19th century, over 500 of these handsome structures spanned the streams, rivers, and ravines of Indiana. Plagued by floods, fire, storms, neglect, and arson, today fewer than 100 remain. Marsha Williamson Mohr's photographs capture the timeless and simple beauty of these well-traveled structures from around the state, including Parke County―the unofficial covered bridge capital of the world. With 105 color photographs, Indiana's Covered Bridges will appeal to everyone who treasures Indiana's rich architectural heritage.

cloth / 128 pp. / 2012 / 9780253008008 / $30.00
Order no. 2937

Public Ports for Indiana, A History of the Indiana Port Commission

Ralph D. Gray

Public Ports for Indiana, A History of the Indiana Port Commission

Examines early efforts to achieve an Indiana port on Lake Michigan, establishment of the Indiana Port Commission in 1961, and construction and operation of three public ports.

paper / 167 pp. / 1998 / ISBN 1-885323-54-9 / $14.95
Order No. 4031
We have several copies signed by the author available


The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana

David E. Longest

The Monon Railroad in Southern IndianaIn the spring of 1847, James Brooks met with six associates in Providence to forever change the face of transportation in Indiana. The New Albany and Salem Rail Road Company was born as a result of this historic meeting. Today this railroad, most often called the Monon, is only a memory of a time when trains streaked across the hills and farmland of southern Indiana. The Monon Railroad in Southern Indiana examines the real purpose of railroads as movers of people and the products they devoted their lives to producing and focuses on areas from New Albany to Bloomington. It identifies the only two counties in Indiana that were a part of the Salem limestone district and gives a glimpse of how the stone was removed from the earth and eventually formed into some of the nation’s most beloved buildings and structures. It also takes a look at the history of several lumber-based industries and the famed products that they manufactured. New Albany was once known across America as a key producer of hardwood plywood, used in custom cabinetry, and the Showers Brothers Furniture Company of Bloomington was once the largest manufacturer of furniture in America. This book talks about the industries that created the cities and towns that many Hoosiers called home.

paper / 129 pp. / 2008 / ISBN 9780738552378 / $19.99
Order No. 2716

Indiana Railroad Lines

Graydon M. Meints


Indiana Railroad LinesRailroads have played a major role in transportation, logistics and development in the state of Indiana. A perfect resource for railroad enthusiasts or students of Indiana history, Indiana Railroad Lines provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the railroad companies that operated in the state between 1838 and 1999 and the counties and towns they served. This volume provides the dates of the contraction, purchase, sale, lease and abandonment of the various railroad lines and is complete with charts and maps that provide information on the development and decline of railroads in the state.


Paper / 414 pp. / 2011 / ISBN 978-0-253-22359-3 / $35.00

Order No. 2881


Indiana's Covered Bridges

Robert Reed

Indiana's Covered BridgesOnce there were hundreds of 19th century and very early 20th century covered bridges in Indiana—so many in fact, that the state ranked third in the nation in the number of structures still standing. By the early 1930s and 1940s a movement was afoot to preserve those magnificent spans which had not already disappeared due to desertion and deterioration. Some were saved, but many were not. Captured in the volume are nearly 200 of those illustrations from the mid-20th century and before, representing more than 36 Indiana counties from Adams County to Wells County.

Images of America series from Arcadia Press.

paper / 128 pp. / 2004 / ISBN 0-7385-3335-1 / $19.99
Order No. 2490


Broadsides: Transportation and Communication

Dani B. Pfaff

BroadsidesReproductions of primary source materials from Indiana history for use across the curriculum; activities, maps, timelines, reference materials, finding aids.

paper / $0.75
Order No. 6008

Covered Bridges of Indiana

Covered Bridges of indianaTruss types, images, extant bridges and location, and list of bridges by county.

paper / 8 pp. / 1998 / $.50
Order No. 6072

Indiana Barns

Indiana BarnsStudy of barns in Indiana.

paper / 8 pp. / 2001 / $.50
Order No. 6088

Iron Bridges of Indiana

Iron BridgesIron Bridges of Indiana

History, images, truss types of Indiana iron bridges.

paper / 8 pp. / 1999 / $.50
Order No. 6074

Related Issues of The Indiana Historian

paper / ISSN 1071-3301 / $1.00 (1-19 copies); $.30 (20 or more copies)


Marking Indiana's History

Transportation in Indiana history and the importance of historical markers in commemorating that history.

16 pp. / 1994
Order No. 7025


Canal Mania in Indiana

The development and impact of the Whitewater Canal on southeastern Indiana.

16 pp. / 1997
Order No. 7040


Canal Construction in Indiana

How canal building progressed and affected individuals.

16 pp. / 1997
Order No. 7041


Aviation in Indiana

Many "firsts" of aviation in Indiana, people and communities involved over the years - from the first airmail in 1859 through Hoosier astronaut David Wolf's stay on the Russian space.

16 pp. / 1998
Order No. 7044


"a marvel of ingenuity"

The phenomenon of the bicycle when it was a short-lived "craze" in the 1890s, and its economic and social impact.

16 pp. / 1996
Order No. 7038


Vroom! Speedway in May

The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, including history and a 1910 map of Speedway, Indiana.

12 pp. / 1992
Order No. 7009


". . . Every Hoosier is Justly Proud"

Indiana's rich and interesting automobile heritage.

12 pp. / 1993
Order No. 7017