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River to Rail

River to Rail


Although this site provides information on one town, Madison, IN; it is an absolute treasure trove of information on the development of the Midwest. It can also serve as a model for classes planning to document their community's past. The authors provide captivating historic photos and comprehensive narrative on the area before steam, steamboats, early railroading, and the booms and busts of small towns struggling to maintain during the radical changes of the 19th century. For great information on the Ohio River as a highway west, click on "Before Steam."

Jefferson Historical Society, Madison-Jefferson County Public Library

• Pictures and/or Illustrations


• High School Middle School Elementary School

Becky Moeggenberg