MP 248.5 5th Subdivision -
Left: Looking northbound along the right of way near Leatherwood Creek. - Pete Pedigo Photographs -
Right: Looking southbound across the Leatherwood Creek bridge on the south end of Sand Pit. - Pete Pedigo Photographs -
Leatherwood Creek Bridge, 248.5, north end of Sand Pit. -Steve Stafford Photographs-
Left and Right: Close Up look at the superstructure of the Leatherwood Creek Bridge. - Pete Pedigo Photographs -
Watch that first step! Looking down from the top of the bridge at one of the bents. - Pete Pedigo Photographs -
MP 249.2 5th Subdivision -
Head on wreck at Sand Pit. June 10, 1912. Passenger train #5 and #8 collide at Sand Pit. 1 mail clerk killed, 50 injured. Left: Steam Locomotive #71 with tender pushed into express car. Right: Derrick #3 lifting steam locomotive.
MP 248.8. The origins of this location can be assumed from the gravel and sand pit nearby. Chances are this location was a source of material used on the maintenance of the railroad.
Sand Pit, circa 1981 Left: Looking south along the mainline. Right: Looking towards the north, with train in the distance.
Sand Pit 2005. Left: Looking toward the north along the former Monon mainline. Right: Sand Pit looking toward the south.
Southbound Amtrak Floridian passing through Sand Pit on the former Monon mainline, circa late 1970's.
MP 251.0 5th Subdivision -
Isaiah Phillips Store and Residence at Yockey, Indiana. Exact date in unknown. Original photographer is noted on the image, but we are unable to read it. Photo was on page 77 of the Mitchell Centennial yearbook, "100 Years of Progress - Mitchell's Journal of Memories, 1853-1953." Juliet/ Yockey are listed on passenger timetables from 1885 up through 1930's. -Courtesy Mark Johnson-
Left: Looking north at Yockey Road crossing. The same view as the picture above. Right: Looking south from the crossing.
Close up of the block box at Yockey. There is no industry at Yockey and nothing along the railroad. A short distance to the East there is a golf course, and to the West housing developments on both sides of Yockey Road.
M.P. 255.3 - 5th Subdivision - Ki
Presidential Candidate William Jennings Bryan addresses the crowd at Mitchell during his 1896 campaign. The Mitchell Monon depot was constructed in 1892. Also pictured is a southbound freight of the LNA&C.
Mitchell is a railroad town, pure and simple. If you don't believe it, ask the approximately 5,000 people that have to deal with the 19 or so trains that pass through the town each day. But it is because of those railroads, and the trains that come with them, that Mitchell even exists today. In the mid-to-late 1840s railroads were expanding from the east coast and heading into the heartland of America. The Baltimore & Ohio came as far as Cincinnati, as did many other lines, but few went any further. A railroad ran from New Albany to Salem and it was decided to extend that line all the way to Chicago. That line was constructed through Lawrence County, stopping at White River in April of 1851. The first train came through the county a month later.
At the point where the New Albany and Salem Railroad crossed the proposed line for the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, a town was platted. That town was Mitchel - the second "l" was added later. John Sheeks owned the land that was to become Mitchell. On Sept. 29, 1853, he sold half interest in the land to George W. Cochran, a Cincinnati businessman and railroad supporter. They contracted Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, a West Point graduate and professor at the University of Cincinnati, to survey the town as he was completing his survey of the proposed railroad route. In exchange for his service, the town would be named after him. In 1907, Mitchell moved from an incorporated town to a city.
Lehigh Portland Cement became the major industry in Mitchell when construction began on its first mill in 1902. That title later passed to Carpenter Body Works schoolbus plant. After Carpenter's closing in the 1990s, Lehigh once again is one of the area's largest employers. Dana Corp. and Regal Beloit are also major employers in the Mitchell area. Mitchell's downtown was named a National Historic District in the late 1990s.
Panoramic view of downtown Mitchell, Indiana.
Left and Right: The OrpheumTheater in downtown Mitchell. Dates unknown. In many Indiana communities, the local theater was almost as important as the railroad station. Many of them started out with live stage shows, then has movies became more popular, many converted into movie houses.
January 19, 1912. Aftermath of a wreck in Mitchell. A B&O train ran through a signal and crashed into a Monon freight.
Steam locomotive #579 southbound at Mitchell, late 1920's early 1930's. The train is about to cross Baker Street. Today it is known as Grissom Avenue. Mitchell Hardwood Lumber Company would be to the right behind the photographer. Note photographer's shadow, also that of the crossing guard. -Courtesy Steve Dolzall-
Steam action at Mitchell. Left: Steam locomotive 511 at Mitchell. Right: Monon Steam Locomotive #231, a 4-8-0, October 1934. -Jacob Allen Photographs, Steve Dolzall Collection-
Looking north at Mitchell, cira 1920's. The interchange with the B&O is pictured to the right of the photo. -MRHTS Photograph-
Monon Steam Locomotive 224 working the B&O interchange track at Mitchell. The year is 1935 -Jacob Allen Photograph, Steve Dolzall Collection-
Left: Steam locomotive #533 northbound at Mitchell. Right: Steam locomotive #574 on the interchange track at Mitchell. No date.
The Mitchell depot.
Click here to view aerial of Mitchell depot area and crossing with overlay of Valuation Plan. -Courtesy of Google and Joe Land-
Left and Right: Making a stop in Mitchell. Coach #42 is on the end of this train when it stopped July 16, 1964. These images (Above and Below Right) are from the Charles Huffer Collection. His photo collection has been digitalized and is currently available on CD from the Monon Railroad Historical- Technical Society, Inc. Visit their Company Store for ordering information.
Southbounds making stops at Mitchell. Left: #208 is on the point of Train 5 as it makes a stop in Mitchell. The date is October 20, 1962. Right: #205 leads this southbound. Must have been a lot of mail that day. Date is July 20, 1963.
Local working at Mitchell, Indiana. -Linton Moss Photograph-
Local freight, with RS2 21 on the lead, roll past the depot at Mitchell, August 1965. This local had originated at Bloomington and ran to Bedford before switching the many industries on its way to Vernia.
Left: Train #72 rumbles through Mitchell, August 1965. Right: Train #73 crossing the B&O Cincinnati to St. Louis mainline, August 1965. Although neither train would switch at Mitchell, it was an important town for the Monon. The Lehigh Portland Cement Company provided almost 1000 carloads of traffic each year. The Monon and B&O interchanged almost 5000 carloads per year.
Left: Another view along the mainline at Mitchell. Right: Southbound freight taking orders at Mitchell, circa 1965.
Left: Northbound freight passing the Mitchell depot, June 1967. Right : Local freight southbound crossing the diamonds at Michell, 1971.
RS on northbound local crossing the diamond at Mitchell. -Gary Dolzall photograph-
Left: Working the interchange track at Mitchell. Note odd combination of motive power. Date unknown. Right: Passenger rumbles through Mitchell. This has to be a special train, maybe Kentucky Derby Special. Date unknown.
#45 and 46 working the interchange at Mitchell, date unknown.
Left: Southbound freight with C-628 in lead approaches the depot, the year is 1964. Right: C-628 403 leads a southbound freight through Mitchell, also 1964.
Monon 2 Bay covered hoppers, we believe, are at the Cement plant at Mitchell. Date unknown. (If anyone knows for sure, contact the webmaster.) - MRHTS Archives Picture -
Left and Right: Southbound freight on the former Monon at Vine Street in Mitchell.
Left: Southbound action on the former Monon mainline at Main Street. Right: Same southbound about to cross the daimond.
Mitchell, May 2004. Left: Looking along the old B&O, now CSX, mainline. Right. Crossing looking south along the former Monon mainline.
Looking north along the former Monon mainline. CSX no longer run between Lafayette and Louisville. The line has been severed. Trains now leave the Monon at Greencastle, travel west via the old NYC St. Louis line. South on the C&EI at Terre Haute, then east on the old B&O, regaining the old monon line at Mitchell.
Left: CSX Q371-28 passes the station and local power and is about to hit the Monon diamond as it runs west to East St. Louis. 8595 is to be preserved at the B&O Museum upon retirement as it was the last locomotive delivered to the B&O. August 28, 1993. J. E. Landrum photograph. Right: December 27, 2003. GE AC4400CW #255, on the point of a westbound freight rolls across the former Monon diamond. J.M. Burdette photograph.
Indiana Railroad EMD SD60 crossing the former B&O line at Mitchell, February 3, 2007. The train will continue on south to Louisville.
Action on the former Monon. Almost out of Mitchell's city limits Q687 heads south. Train is about cross Burton Street.