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Street car inbetween North Vernon and Vernon
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:57:28 PM »
I read an article from a 1969 North Vernon Plain Dealer speaking of a mule drawn street car between North Vernon and Vernon. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

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Re: Street car inbetween North Vernon and Vernon
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 06:25:00 AM »
I don't remember specifically, but I do know that there were several towns in Indiana with mule lines that were never electrified. Very possible that Vernon/North Vernon did. I'll see what I can find for you.
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Re: Street car inbetween North Vernon and Vernon
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 10:06:04 AM »
Awesome! When I get  chance I will see if the route is on any Sanborn maps

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Re: Street car inbetween North Vernon and Vernon
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 11:33:55 AM »
Awesome! When I get  chance I will see if the route is on any Sanborn maps
I already pulled a couple of them (1893 and 1899 if I recall), and of course the track is not shown. Sanborn almost never showed streetcar/interurban lines. I didn't have the time to look at all the sheets to try to find a company horse stable or a car barn--finding that would be your best bet on the Sanborns. Once you know where the barn was, you can probably make a reasonable deduction as to where the line ran based on the streets and the known length of track.

I'll be interested in anything you find...horse/mule car lines are really a forgotten part of railroad history.
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Re: Street car inbetween North Vernon and Vernon
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 10:17:45 PM »
That first link you posted showed the length as two miles. I googled the length from the B+O depot to Walnut St (Hwy 50) and down to State St (Hwy 3+7) making a left to downtown Vernon and it was 1.9 miles, so that would be about right.

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Re: Street car inbetween North Vernon and Vernon
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 05:14:38 PM »
I looked into the article and found some more info that was written by John Erie Davis and appeared in the North Vernon Plain Dealer in 1969. He stated " The street car line began at the JM&I (Pennsylvania) depot on Madison Ave and ended at a turntable in from of the courthouse in Vernon. It didn't last. Eventually the track was uprooted. The street car had glass windows and platforms front and back. Its mule team later died.

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Re: Street car inbetween North Vernon and Vernon
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 07:37:02 PM »
Oh, thanks for the information!
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