Beech Grove

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Early-20th-century Indianapolis was developing into a major transportation center. The extension of rail lines operated by the "Big Four Railroad," the Cleveland, Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Louis Railway, invaded farmland 5 miles southeast of the busy Indianapolis Union Station. By 1904, the native beech trees neighbored the construction of the Big Four Shops, a facility charged with the production of steam locomotives. The shops brought jobs, an immediate draw for commercial and residential development, culminating in 1906 when the unnamed, adjacent community incorporated as the town of Beech Grove. A century later, the city of Indianapolis has grown to entirely surround the vibrant community, yet Beech Grove retains its small town atmosphere. Anchored by a vibrant Main Street, the charm of Beech Grove is found within quiet residential neighborhoods, distinguished schools, diverse churches, and major employers, including Amtrak and St. Francis Hospital.
ISBN: 9780738583570
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 198
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
With a foreword written by Beech Grove mayor Donald “Joe” Wright, authors Jim Hillman and John Murphy explore Beech Grove history through more than 200 rare, seldom-seen images, many from the Beech Grove Public Library. Hillman and Murphy's previous collaborations include three Images of America series books from Arcadia Publishing: Indianapolis Social Clubs (2009), Indiana's Catholic Religious Communities (2009), and Greenwood (2010).