LINDEN, Ind. (WLFI) – The Boilermaker Special wasn’t surrounded by masses at Ross-Ade Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Purdue train visited the town of Linden after the Purdue Reamer Club donated two hours of time to take people on a 15 minute tours.
Attendees were able to learn some of the town’s history, including more about the 100-year-old building where the Linden Depot Museum is housed. The museum has held the event for the last three years. It’s given the non-profit the ability to show and tell the importance of the original railway station.
“Even though Linden is a tiny little town now, at one time this was a very busy station because it was at a very important crossing,” said Museum Vice President Elizabeth Hendrickson. “It’s important that people understand this is part of how this country was built.”
The crossing Hendrickson referenced was for the Monon Railroad, which headed north to south, and the Nickel Plate Railroad, which headed east to west. Travelers and produce would often change direction at the station.