single frame: Downtown Madison, Indiana

Madison, IN

Downtown Madison, Indiana
Kodak EasyShare Z730 Zoom
2008

Yesterday I mentioned the Madison State Road, an 1830s highway connecting Indianapolis to Madison on the Ohio River. It was one of two such highways, the other being the Michigan Road. Indiana’s first railroad was built between the two cities, as well.

Madison was, in those days, Indiana’s largest city. It competed as a port city with Cincinnati and Louisville and was probably equally important to those cities then. So it’s small wonder there were so many ways to get to the state’s capital.

But times change, and after the Civil War Cincinnati and Louisville surged in ways Madison did not. It has had the effect of freezing Madison in time. Its streets are lined with buildings built through the 19th century, and most of them have been well preserved. It is a lovely town and well worth visiting.


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2 responses to “single frame: Downtown Madison, Indiana”

  1. DougD Avatar
    DougD

    Nice, very wide main street too. Was is always like that or was there a boulevard or something in the middle?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Couldn’t tell you. It’s been like this as long as I’ve known it. There might be historic images online somewhere though.

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