Early-20th-century Indianapolis was developing into a major transportation center. The
extension of rail lines operated by the "Big Four Railroad," the Cleveland, Chicago,
Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railway, invaded farmland 5 miles southeast of the busy
Indianapolis Union Station. By 1904, the native beech trees neighbored the Big Four
Shops, housing production of steam locomotives. The shops brought jobs and drew commercial and residential development, culminating in 1906 when the unnamed, adjacent community incorporated as the town of Beech Grove. A century later, the city of Indianapolis has grown to entirely surround the vibrant community, yet Beech Grove retains its small town atmosphere. Anchored by a vibrant Main Street, the charm of Beech Grove is found within quiet residential neighborhoods, distinguished schools, diverse churches, and major employers, including Amtrak and St. Francis Hospital. The authors explore Beech Grove history through more than 200 rare, seldom-seen images.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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