December 2009

M.P. 41.5 - 1st Subdivision -

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Creston dates back to 1845. Adelbert D. Palmer became postmaster in 1869, with the office in his general store called the "Cedar Lake Post Office." His store at Tinkerville had burned to the ground in 1875. Plans were made for the railroad to come through that new village, so in 1876 Palmer built a new store building and dwelling at "Creston," with the post office still designated as the "Cedar Lake Post Office."

Much of the town was platted by Obadiah Taylor III, a descendant of Revolutionary War soldier Obadiah Taylor I. The railroad first assigned R. C. Woods as the depot agent.

At one time the town boasted stores, blacksmith shop, grain elevator, coal and lumber yard. The railroad first assigned R. C. Woods as the depot agent. All the business ventures in the early village of Tinkerville were moved west to Creston. The post office was moved many times and postmasters were changed along with the federal administrations. In 1929 World War I veteran Floyd T. Vinnedge received his appointment and the office became a part of his general store. The building, on the north side of the street near the railroad, was demolished a few years ago, and the site is now an empty lot. A grain elevator stood at Creston for many years, built in the early 1880's by Adelbert Palmer. The building burned in 1908 and was never rebuilt.

Today, Creston is a quiet residential area. No business or industry remain and there are only a few descendants of the settlers still living there.

Monon passenger, number 5. Photo taken near 155th Street crossing in Creston. Date of photograph unknown. (Linn Wescott photograph.)





Northbound passenger, north of Creston about to cross the Paisley Trestle. Exact date unknown.


Creston, Indiana, circa 1952. This was the business district of Creston. The store on the left was Ted Hoyne's Market and the other business pictured was Vinnedge Grocery and General Merchandise. This building also served as the Post Office. Picture courtsey Tri Creek Historical Society's pictorial history CD, compiled by Greg Jancosek.




Inside the Creston Post Office, circa 1952. The Post Office was located in the general store.






Right of way. Picture taken from the crossing on 155th. Looking south towards Lowell. Former depot would have been off camera to the left of the photo.





Right of way, looking north from 155th Stret crossing, downtown Creston. This was the start of the Cedar Lake Cutoff which was opened in 1948. The right of way curved to the west to avoid the Paisley bog and trestle.






Left and Right: Action on the Monon mainline, circa 2003. Left: Northbound Cardinal, Train #851 approaching 155th Street. Right: Speeding over the crossing.

The "real" former Creston depot, circa May 2002. Relocated sometime ago. It was moved to the west side of the tracks and sits on the property west of the 155th Street and Barman intersection. I would like to thank Brian Sok of Cedar Lake, Indiana for contacting me with information on the correct depot. The depot sits on property owned by Mr. Robert Shearer, who graciously allowed me to photograph the old building.




The Creston depot. The depot is now used as a storage. According to Mr. Shearer this side was the one that faced the tracks.





Creston depot, another view. This picture was taken from northwest of the building. Mr. Shearer indicated that he does not mind people taking pictures as long as they are not destructive.





The Creston depot. This picture was found inside the building when Mr. Shearer graciously opened up the building for inspection during the 2003 Monon Society bus tour. The picture dates back to 1968. While removing it to make copies, I decided to return it to Mr. Shearer in a new frame and matted. It seemed the least I could do.





Inside the former Creston depot. Left: Picture taken from the freight side of the depot, looking toward the ticket window. Right: This picture show the ticket window from the office side of the depot. Bellow: The freight door along the west wall. Once again, a very special "thank you" to Mr. Shearer for allowing the Society access to inside the depot.


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