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Martinsville depot
« on: September 21, 2010, 03:46:36 PM »
Comparing the postcards posted here: http://indianarailroads.org/board/index.php?topic=2398.0 and the google streetview here:
and the Sanborn maps and aerial photography, it looks like the Martinsville depot still exists, but modified into a storefront.  Looking at the streetview, the depot would be the building with the "Antiques on Main" sign on it.  There are newer buildings to the south and north of it that filled in where the tracks were.  It also appears the 1.5 story back structure that was a substation also still stands, and is barely visible in the streetview.

The footprints of the Sanborn map and the current aerial match pretty well.

Anybody agree?
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Re: Martinsville depot
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 12:36:24 AM »
In my opinion,

Regarding the building to the right of the station...  Both of the penny postcard photos were filmed in black & white.  The artist chose to use red, instead of grey to match the limestone blocks.  Google streetview appears to be an exact match. 

Regarding the station...  In the penny postcards, the building is rounded on the east side to match the curve of the tracks.  In Google streetview, bricks of a different size were used to straighten out the curve.  However, the door has been relocated to the right and the location of the right window doesn't match.  Still, I'd say that there is a 75% chance that it is the same building.   Walking inside and perhaps seeing the bricked-in windows and door on the west wall, would confirm that it is the same building. 

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Re: Martinsville depot
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2010, 03:04:19 AM »
Gotta be the same buildings. I'm guessing that when the gap between the buildings was filled, the front of the depot had door and windows removed and new windows, as evidenced by one window extending across the end of the old depot into the newly closed-off section.

It's kinda exciting to discover these little nuggets of interurban history still around, a century after they were built and eighty-odd years after they outlived their intended purpose.

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Re: Martinsville depot
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2010, 02:06:58 PM »
Went down to Martinsville a couple weekends ago to check out the line. Stopped by the suspected depot and chatted with the owner. She confirmed that the building was the depot and gave a little description of the building layout.

One interesting thing is that the side doorway (the one to the alley) was covered up when the building was constructed on the south side. She owned the main depot building, and bought the south building later. She was elated to find that the door was still there, as that meant she could connect the two buildings internally. She thought the windows also were there, but no need to open them up.  

The depot's front door looks to be in the original location, as are the front windows, though they were greatly enlarged. The substation building in the rear is also still there, and the upstairs is open for browsing.

I've attached a couple photos of the depot building. I've also attached an animated image showing the progression between the postcard and today (not quite a perfect then-now shot, but close enough).

Additionally, between Mooresville and Martinsville, the roads that closely parallel the THI&E route have been signed as the "Johnny Wooden Interurban Parkway". This was a tribute to John Wooden's rides on the interurban from his home in Centerton to the basketball gym in Martinsville. It was put up last year I think. I've included one photo of the sign at Main and College on the way out of Martinsville; there are probably two dozen more along the route.
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Re: Martinsville depot
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 03:52:15 PM »
For others who may take a trip to Martinsville...

Leaving Martinsville...
http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/u?/IndianaPlat,2087


If my memory correctly serves me, there exists a nice pair a small abutements here...




This "Google" satellite image of White River abutements was taken before construction of a new commercial development project...


And Centerton...


http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/u?/IndianaPlat,2078

And Brooklyn underpass...


And Mooresville...
http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/u?/IndianaPlat,2077


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Re: Martinsville depot
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010, 09:02:40 PM »
I will have to check IU maps online.
A Lady from IU email me a map of Bradford Mining track (Bradford Woods).

Also in Martinsville on the Southside a few blocks of downtown is the NYC (Big Four, wood) depot, east a few blocks of main (North/South)  street out of downtown.