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Former Narrow Gauge Railroad/Railroad ConstructionFormer Narrow Gauge Railroad/Railroad Construction

Location: E. 4th & McClure Streets, Marion. (Grant County, Indiana)

Erected 1992 by Indiana Historical Bureau and National Railway Historical Society

ID# : 27.1992.1

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Side one: 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 two: 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, 8 1/2 inch standard gauge.

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Transportation, Business, Industry, and Labor