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Indianapolis Union Railway Company collection

Identifier: L500

Scope and Contents

This collection includes specifications, blueprints, resolutions and photographs from the Indianapolis Union Railway Company in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1904 to 1925 regarding track elevation construction at the Union Station in downtown Indianapolis and bridge construction at the Kentucky Avenue and Missouri Street intersection as well as Eagle Creek.


  • 1904-1925


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Union Track Railway was created in 1850. In 1853, the name was changed to the Indianapolis Union Railway Company and a union depot was built for the use of multiple railroads coming into Indianapolis. The incorporation took place in 1872 by an agreement between the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad Company; the Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railway Company; the Columbus, Chicago and Indiana Central Railway Company; the Pittsburgh Cincinnati and St. Louis Railway Company; the Terre Haute and Indianapolis Railroad Company; and the Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Lafayette Railroad Company.

The Indianapolis Union Railway Company was created to ease and streamline the exchanges of freight and passengers between the railroad companies. The incorporation was officially recognized by the General Assembly on March 2, 1885. The Union Railway provided terminal facilities and switch services for the railroads. During 1888, the union deport was replaced by the Union Station.

In April 1976 the Indianapolis Union Railway's ownership changed. Penn Central, or Conrail, became the new owner.

Source: Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Union Railway Company Collection Guide:


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division during August 2013.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

V398: Indianapolis Union Railway Company payroll record books

P027: Indianapolis track elevation photograph album

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/15 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/15 by Bethany Fiechter.
Indianapolis Union Railway Company collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.