October 2009

MP 54.1 1st Subdivision -

The Town of Thayer was established in 1881, when M.A. Asherton and J.P. Stratton plotted a large hunting and fishing resort. A post office soon followed in September of 1882 under the name of Kenney, which was the last name of William M. Kenney, the first Postmaster. The name was changed to Thayer in honor of an early resident. A frame depot was built in 1881 and continued in service until 1949.

Train #33 arriving at Thayer, Indiana, early 1900's. Exact date is unknown.







Left: The morning express makes a stop at Thayer, 1914. Right: Classen Pickle Factory, Thayer, Indiana. Unknown date. -Gerald Born Collection-

Downtown Thayer, early 1900's -Gerald Born Collection-







Left and Right: Monon passenger train derailment, Thayer, Indiana, February 27, 1957. From the Lafayette Journal and Courier: "MONON PASSENGER TRAIN DERAILED EN ROUT TO LOUISVILLE, KY. The diesel engine drawn crack flyer en route from Chicago to Louisville, Ky. left the rails at Thayer, Ind., about 50 miles south of Gary at 4 p.m. yesterday. The five cars and engine tore up the main line for about 600 to 800 feet. Cars lean crazily in ditch. There were no injuries. " These photos are courtsey of Janet Hunley, taken by her late husband, Paul Arnold.


Additional images from the 1957 derailment. Left: Baggage Car 101 off the tracks. Right: Looking south along the mainline and damage. -Courtesy Mahlon Eberhard-


Left: Express Mail Car #2209, a former troop kitchen car. Righ: Lead unit 81B.


Thayer, Indiana 2003. Left: Front Street crossing looking north towards Water Valley and Shelby. Right: Front Street crossing looking south towards Rose Lawn. The pipe-like device I believe is a detector, which according to the 1999 Monon Society Tourbook would be the approximate location of the old depot in Thayer.


State Road 55 crossing. Taken from south of the crossing, looking back north.







Passenger train #12 makes an unscheduled stop somewhere in the vicinity of Rose Lawn, Indiana. About a month later both "The Hoosier" and "The Tippecanoe" would be discontinued. Richard Baldwin photo.


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