Central Indiana Interurban
Early in the 20th century, the mighty interurban provided a link from Indianapolis to nearly every city and village in existence. For little more than five or ten cents, a passenger could journey to Anderson, Franklin, Martinsville, Richmond, or Muncie, and all of the stops along the way. Its hundreds of miles of track provided the Hoosier state with the first mass transit system in history. At its zenith, the Indianapolis Traction Terminal became one of the busiest interurban stations in the world, handling 100,000 cars and over a million passengers annually.Like other titles in Arcadia's Images of Rail series, this book helps preserve an important chapter in our nation's rail history, illustrating how it shaped our landscape, aided our expansion, and accelerated our progress.
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