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Electric Indiana

The Rise and Fall of the World's Greatest Interurban Railway Center, 1893–1941

In the early twentieth century, an epic battle was waged across America between the interurban railway and the automobile, two technologies that arose at roughly the same time in the late 1890s. Nowhere was this conflict more evident than in the Midwest, and specifically Indiana, where cities of industry such as Indianapolis, Gary, and Terre Haute were growing faster every day. By 1904, Indianapolis had opened the Traction Terminal, which was widely acclaimed to be the largest and most impressive interurban station in the world. Yet, today there is only 90-mile remnant of this one great system still operating within Indiana.

Featuring over 90 illustrations and featuring contemporary accounts and newspaper articles from the period, Electric Indiana is a biographical study of the rise and fall of a onetime important transportation technology that achieved its most impressive development within the Hoosier state.

About the Author

Carlos Arnaldo Schwantes is author or editor of twenty books, as well as co-author (with Peter Hansen and Don Hofsommer) of Crossroads of a Continent: Missouri Railroads, 1851–-1921. He grew up in Greenfield and Indianapolis, Indiana, and now lives in Missouri. He is Saint Louis Mercantile Library Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he taught undergraduate and graduate history for exactly fifty years.


"Carlos Schwantes is an historian with a passion for electric railways. This book provides a lively and well-researched study of the Interurban Era in Indiana, a banner traction state.  As such he fills a void in the interurban literature. Electric Indiana is a work that general readers and professional and amateur historians can learn from and fully enjoy."—H. Roger Grant, Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History, Clemson University


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Crossroads of a Continent

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Going Places

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Long Day's Journey

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