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IHB > Historical Markers > Press Releases and Marker Dedications > October 31, 2002 - Lake Iola Interurban Site October 31, 2002 - Lake Iola Interurban Site

Lake Iola Interurban Site (72.2002.6)
Scottsburg
Scott County, Indiana

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Historical Marker Text:

Indianapolis and Louisville Traction Company organized to build track between Seymour and Sellersburg as part of the interurban line which extended from Indianapolis to Louisville; track completed 1907. First railway in the country to operate on 1200 volt high tension, direct current system powered by generators at this site.

Car barn and water tower also built on site. Artificial lake--later named Lake Iola--created as water source for power equipment. Indiana Railroad abandoned operation; last train October 31, 1939. Building foundations and some track remain. Land around Lake Iola is now property of Scottsburg, serving the city as park and interpretive center.

Indianapolis and Louisville Nos. 203 and 204, at Scottsburg in 1907. Photographed by Hudson R. Biery.

Indianapolis and Louisville Nos. 203 and 204, at Scottsburg in 1907. Photographed by Hudson R. Biery.

South side of Lake Iola looking towards site of car barn and power plant.

Dedication October 31, 2002. South side of Lake Iola looking towards site of car barn and power plant.