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Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, USA

"Madison, a city of Indiana, the capital of Jefferson co., is pleasantly situated on the Ohio River, 88 miles be low Cincinnati, and 45 miles above Louisville. By railroad it is 86 miles S.S.E. of Indianapolis, and 45 miles S.E. of Columbus, Ind. Its site is a valley which is elevated above the highest floods, and is enclosed on the N. by steep hills nearly 400 feet high. The houses and business blocks are chiefly built of brick and stone, and the city is lighted by gas and electricity, Madison contains a handsome court house, about 15 churches, a public library, a high school, 2 national banks (with a capital of $600,000), a private bank, and printing-offices which issue 3 daily, 2 semi-weekly, and 3 weekly newspapers. This city contains several flouring mills and breweries, 1 cotton-mill, 2 woollen-mills, several large cooperage establishments, 2 starch-factories, 2 artificial-ice plants, and manufactories of hubs and spokes, sash and doors, paper, saddle-trees, furniture, engines, boilers, tacks, &c. Pop. (1890) 8936."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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Inclined Plane, Madison, Ind.

"...The inclined plane at Madison is the steepest grade on a line haul in the world, and is one of the steepest standard gauge railroad grades ever built." beta.worldcat.org Indiana Historical Society - Smith... Read MORE...
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  • 1836 - Madison - Madison & Indianapolis Railroad
    Indiana's first railroad, the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad, was built there from 1836 to 1847. Chartered in 1832 by the Indiana State Legislature a... Read MORE...

  • News  1844 - DREADFUL RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
    A melancholy accident occurred at Madison, Indiana, on the 28th of March, which is thus described in a letter to the editor of the Cincinnati Chronicl... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - PROBABLY FATAL ACCIDENT
    A farmer named John BONNETT met with a severe accident on the Canaan Road, about four o'clock Saturday afternoon. Mr. BONNETT was sitting in the rear ... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - FOUND DROWNED. SAD FATE OF JAMES THACKER. Lost His Life In A Shanty Boat.
    A day or so ago James THACKER, a well-known young man of the West End, purchased for himself a small shanty-boat, anchored on this side of the river n... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Madison, a city of Indiana, the capital of Jefferson co., is pleasantly situated on the Ohio River and on the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. L... Read MORE...

  • 1937 - January 1937 Flood
    Hardly a day went by that January that didn’t bring rain, and lots of it. On the thirteenth of January the river stood at 36.7 feet. Two days later it... Read MORE...

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