By Hitty Gale, a Gale Lyons Hitty
On a recent trip to Indiana with my adopted humans, we stopped along a country lane in Springville Indiana to observe the Historical Marker for the B.S.O.B Railroad. This marker is all that remains of Indiana’s last operating narrow gauge railroad. The Bedford, Springville, Owensburg and Bloomfield railroad line was completed in 1877 and was 34 miles long.
A covered railroad bridge was built along the route in 1894. It crossed Salt Creek just west Hwy 37 and had a length of 125 feet. The Salt Creek Railroad Covered Bridge collapsed in 1903 under the weight of a load of limestone. Lawrence County Indiana is called the “Limestone Capitol of The World” Limestone from the area was used to build the Empire State Building in New York City and the Washington Cathedral in Washington DC.
The B.S.O.B line was sold to Monon Line in 1886 and finally abandoned in 1935. All that remains of this piece of Indiana history is this historical marker.
BSOB Railroad Marker in Springville Indiana