These four pages were fascinating. I remember flying on Midway Airlines....long, long before 9/11. The pilot came on the intercom..."Folks, we'll be heading southeast to Shelbyville, Indiana where we'll turn east and head towards our destination...Philadelphia." I asked the stewardess if the pilot would come back to my seat...HE DID!! "Sir", I told him. "You and I are the only people on this airplane who know where Shelbyville, Indiana is." He laughed. Said there's a beacon they use for navigation in the south part of the county.
Although I've lived all my life in Chicago, I spent my summers on vacation in Shelbyville. I rode the train there...usually the Carolina Special. I remember the Pennsylvania and the New York Central. We played on the box cars near Noble ST. I remember when the new station was built.
Today, I'm a retired teacher. I'm also contractor for the Museum of Science & Industry's Great Train Story HO scale train layout. I was a subway motorman, I'm a fan of HSR, having travelled to Europe three times to ride them in the last four years. My grandfather, Samuel Robinson, was one of the original Black residents and his two houses that he hand built still stand on North Michigan Road across from the old Burnside gravel pit. An uncle, James Reeves owned a tailor shop on Public Square, above the five and ten, and another uncle was janitor and handy man for the DePrez store, also on the Square.
Inprinter, you and I must get together this summer. I haven't heard anyone mention the interurban. I remember its former freight house....Is it Boggstown Road?? I know I remember the flag markers when the state proposed widening ole 421 and how much of the house they were going to take. And there used to be a bottomless pond in the field next door that was dynamited to relieve the flood. Finally, some of you have talked about the switch jobs pulling the grade on the southwest part of town, but no one has mentioned how that hill got there in the first place.