But Not Forgotten
Established in 1828, Logansport, Ind., is a small town of around 19,000 people, nestled in the mostly rural area between Indianapolis and Chicago. Its two rivers, the Wabash and the Eel, attracted settlers eager to take advantage of fine farmland, but soon Logansport became a land of opportunity as businesses sprang up along major transportation corridors that intersected the city — the Michigan Road, the Wabash and Erie Canal, and later the Pennsylvania Railroad.
At its height, the railroad employed nearly one-third of the city’s workforce and brought as many as 200 trains through town each day. Once an energetic city that was home to opera houses, renowned hotels, and a bustling red light district, the city waned in the second half of the 20th century as the railroad declined, numerous fires destroyed much of the downtown area, and chain stores replaced locally owned establishments.