The Interurban Station in Martinsville, IND. was located at 110 N. Main Street.
Postcard courtesy of Tom Keesling, Hoosier Recollections.

The Indianapolis and Martinsville Rapid Transit Company was incorporated April 24, 1901. The City of Indianapolis Board of Public Works ratified an ordinance on August 14, 1902, authorizing the I&MRT Company to run its interurban cars on city streets. The I&MRT operated independently until 1907, between Indianapolis and Martinsville until it was leased, along with the Indianapolis & Northwestern Traction Company to the Terre Haute, Indianapolis & Eastern Traction Company. The THI&E operated the railway, which ran along present day Kentucky Ave., until the line was abandoned in October 1930.

Postmarked: Martinsville, IND., SEP 15 – 1916, 8-30 AM


Postcard courtesy of Tom Keesling, Hoosier Recollections.

How are you to-night
I am feeling fine
This is a picture of the car I came from Indianapolis on
Daddy will be home next week
Do you think Bell will know me
Love to you & mama

Addressed to:
Master Edward Harper
3130 Woodsfield St
Pleasant Ridge
Cincinnati, Ohio



City of Indianapolis ordinance granting the Indianapolis and Martinsville Rapid Transit Company the right to run interurban cars on city streets.
Courtesy of 1904 edition of The General Ordinances of the City of Indianapolis



An interurban railway map from a 1925 Interstate Service Corp timetable.
Image courtesy of Hoosier Railroad Ghosts.

Martinsville THI&E Station

The arrow on this 1916 Sanborn Map shows the Martinsville THI & E Interurban Station.
(image: Indianapolis University Libraries)

IPLS Traction Terminal Sanborn map

This 1914 Sanborn Map shows the location of the downtown Indianapolis Traction Terminal that served as a stop on the Indianapolis-Martinsville Interurban line.
(image: Indiana University Libraries)

A penny for your thoughts … A remnant of the I&MRT railway can still be seen at the intersection of High School Road and Kentucky Avenue, south of the Indianapolis International Airport. The construction of Kentucky Ave (67) destroyed much of the interurban line, but a few of the railway’s crumbling stone abutments and culverts can be seen along High School Road.


A bridge from the abandoned railway can be seen looking north along High School Road near Kentucky Ave.
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