M.P. B125.6 - 2nd Subdivision - Ro
Mile Post #125.6 on the second subdivision. Rossville was a typical Indiana community that was served by the Monon Railroad. Like many towns along the route, the main industry served was a grain elevator. In Rossville there was also a poultry hatchery. On average the town generated about 125 carloads a year. Rossville was the scheduled meeting point for local freights #46 and #47.
Rossville, Indiana train wreck. 1911.
NEW 08-20-2015 The five images below are from the Pence Family collection. They are of a wreck that happened in 1911 near the elevator in Rossville. I am trying to obtain additional information. Thanks to Cynthia Pence Cox and the Pence Family.
Rossville Indiana depot, January 31, 1971.
Rossville Depot. Left: Date unknown, judging by the vehicle, possible late 1950's, or 1960's. Right: February 1971, looking north along the mainline through Rossville.
When John Barriger took over, much of his expenditures went into routine maintenance. Pictured is the bridge at Middle Fork Creek getting a new coat of paint and advertising. In Barriger's mind even cosmetic improvements were important.
NEW 01-22-2011 Construction of the new bridge. Monon work train with the new deck girders. Derrick is picking up one of the new girders. -MRHTS Photo Archives Collection-
Bridge north of town. Left and Right: Two views of the bridge on the north town over Middle Fork Creek. These photos are circa 1949-1950.
"Rossville was dense wilderness when Solomon Miller settled on Section 20 in what is now known as Ross Township in March, 1828. At that time a tribe of Miami Indians inhabited the area. Their leader was Chief Little Turtle (Meshekunnoghquoh). Daniel Underwood settled on Section 20 on the Middlefork near the present site of Edna Mills. He built the first mill in the township. Mathias Widner moved from Putnam County and settled on Section 32. He began farming and blacksmithing. Several more settlers soon followed in 1829. Samuel Seawright settled on a farm near the present site of Rossville. A schoolhouse was built on his farm in 1831. Mr. R.E. Baker was the teacher. Mr. Seawright was the owner of the first store in Rossville."
A petition was filed on October 22, 1870 to incorporate the town. There were 339 residents at that time. An incorporation election was held on November 5, 1870 with thirty-five votes for and nineteen votes against the incorporation. On December 1, 1870, Rossville became an incorporated town. By 1874, Rossville had become a thriving town. The town boasted a newspaper “The Occidental”, three physicians, a barber shop, seven stores, three saddleries, two shoe shops, six blacksmith shops, two wagon manufacturers, two carriage manufacturers, one steam saw and pinning mill, one flour mill, one steam pump factory, two cabinet shops, one butcher shop, one hotel, one livery stable, four churches, five congregations, and three Sabbath Schools. The first post office in Rossville was established on July 8, 1879. James Sheffler was the first postmaster.
With the coming of the Monon Railroad, life around Rossville grew even more. The railroad line was completed in 1883 and ran from Indianapolis to Chicago. The Monon Depot was quite busy during this period. With the decline of the railway system in the late 1980’s, the railroad tracks were abandoned in 1991. There have been many changes to the landscape in and around Rossville over the years. Businesses and people have come and gone. Rossville has survived despite several debilitating occurrences such as the fire of 1912, which destroyed seventeen businesses, the devastating flood in the spring of 1913 cut off Rossville from the rest of the county, and a tornado ripped through the town in 1961."
-Excerpts courtsey of the Town Of Rossville Website. -
Left: Northbound freight passing the Rossville depot, circa 1970. Right: Another shot of the tail end of a northbound freight at Rossville.
April 1981. Left and Right: Old wooden boxcars next to the mainline. What are the odds that when these pictures were taken these old cars were used for storage.
Left: Looking along the mainline, April 1977. Right: Another shot along the right of way, April 1981, looking south. Not sure if this location is north or south of town.
Looking north along the right of way from south of town. The people are on the south end of the bridge over Campbells Run. Photo is one of many great photos at the Carroll County Historical Museum's Web Site.
Rossville 2004 and 2006
Rossville 2004: After attending an Open House at Linden, Indiana, I decided to do some wandering. Since my first trip to Rossville was spoiled by rain, on my way back to South Bend, I passed through town again. Unfortunately darkness was setting in, so I do apologize for the darkness and quality of these images. Left: Downtown Rossville on a Saturday evening. Looking west along Main Street (Highway 26). Right: Looking to the railroad north along the old right of way from South Street, one block south of Main.
Left: Looking south from Main Street along the old right of way. North of this location anyone visiting Rossville will notice the semaphore signal. That area was at one time the Rossville Lumber Company. Right: Looking south from Casson Street. On the left side of the picture, on the other side of the small everygreen tress there were two concrete foundations. This was the origional location of the stock pen. After the stock pen, it was a coal yard. Rossville once had three coal yards.
Left: Better picture of the foundations between Ramsey and Casson Streets. Right: Looking north along the old right of way at Casson Street. Many homes have been built on the former railroad right of way, both north and south of Main Street.
The former right of way north of Rossville. Left: Looking north towards Owasco along the old right of way. This location is a few miles north of Rossville. Right: Looking to the railroad south along the right of way.
Left: Looking towards the north along the old right of way. Right: Looking south from 450W, north of Rossville.
MP B 129.7 2nd Subdivision -
Cambria, late 1890's or early 1900's. Left: Cambria elevator, date unknown. Probably taken a during wheat harvest. Note farmers grain wagons in line in front of scale house. The building pictured to right is the grocery store.. Right: Close up of elevator on North side of street which was later torn down and a new modern one was built on the south side of street. ( after electricity came in ? ) The only pole lines seen in these photos are telegraph lines for the Monon. The old elevator was probably powered by a large gas engine, since there is no boiler house or smoke stack pictured. Photos from C. Woodruff Family- Bob Mohler collection -Courtesy Gene Remaly-
Passenger train arriving at Cambria. Birds eye view from the Cambria elevator. North bound passenger stop taken from grain elevator North of main street, date unknown. Photos show shocks of wheat indicate late June or early July. Shadows indicate it was early afternoon. West side (right side of image) of tracks Depot, or section house. East side (left side of image) of tracks, stock pens, slanted roof building probably was coal shed, then the brick factory. Photos from C. Woodruff Family- Bob Mohler collection -Courtesy of Gene Remaly-
The brick factory under construction. Unknown date. Photo from C. Woodruff Family- Bob Mohler collection -Courtesy of Gene Remaly-
Left: Cambria Blacksmith Shop. Date unknown. Right: Main Street in Cambria, late 1800's, early 1900's. Wagons loaded with wheat line up. Most likely it is harvest time. Photos from C. Woodruff Family- Bob Mohler collection -Courtesy of Gene Remaly-
Another view of the elevator at Cambria. Photographer is east of the Monon mainline, which can be seen in this image. Photo from C. Woodruff Family- Bob Mohler collection -Courtesy of Gene Remaly-
Local farm worker relax in front of the elevator. Unknown date, or names of those pictured. Photo from C. Woodruff Family- Bob Mohler collection -Courtesy of Gene Remaly-
Cambria, exact date unknown. Looking south.
Left: Shot of the mainline at Cambria. Note stock pen in the distance. Right: Downtown Cambria, looking East.
Another look at downtown Cambria and crossing sign.
Looking north along the right of way towards Cambria. -MRHTS Photos Archives Collection-
April 1981. Cambria, Indiana. Co-Op Elevator. The Cambria post office was established in 1883 and closed in 1915. The town name comes from the Latin name of Wales. It is likely that the name "traveled" from the east, either New York or Pennsylvania.
Left, Right and Below: Wreck of Train #90 near Cambria, June 4, 1952.
The pictures below were provided by Gene Remaly.
Cambria 2004. Left: Looking down the abandoned right of way to the south. Elevator appears to be alive and well. Right: Looking towards the north along the old right of way. (Specks on image are rain drops.)