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Union Station: 1906

Union Station: 1906

Circa 1906. "Union Station, Indianapolis." If we step on it (but not in it) we just have time to make the 3:25 to Terre Haute. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.


and today --

Fringe On Top, Grade Below

If this were Oklahoma, that surrey would have a fringe on top.

A deeper thought: I'm surprised at the steep grade change between street and rail tunnel. Wonder if it caused problems for the engineers/drivers.

Electric light gains a toehold

In the foreground, an arc light is seen on a particularly tall pole... in 1906, they're fairly well established as the modern, whiz-bang way to bring noonday brightness to the public places in your city, like the plaza in front of Union Station. Edison's long-life, low current incandescents would eventually dominate, replacing the buzzing, sparking novelty fixtures. And just in case your fussy arc lights failed, we see several old-fashioned gas fixtures back by the station building.

Why Union?

Why are so many train stations named "Union?"

[Wikipedia says this. -tterrace]

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