The busiest "little" township in Indiana
Clear Creek Township
Monroe County, Indiana
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Smithville Depot
MP 228.2 5th Subdivision
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Bygone places along the "Hoosier Line",
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Originally part of the New Albany and Salem's mainline,
the route through Smithville was one of the most rugged and difficult portions.
With grades in excess of 2% and prone to washouts. The best locomotive, at the
time, could only handle 15 loaded cars over this part of the mainline. In January
1898 the CI&L chartered a new railroad, called the Indiana Stone Railroad. It
was built to tap the limestone resources of the area. With grades of .57%,
immediately the Indiana Stone Railroad became the CI&L's mainline and the old
line through Smithville became a double-ended branch.
The line was abandoned winter of 1939-1940 after a major washout occurred.