Oliver Smith got elected to Congress when his opponent pledged support for railroads, which in 1826 Indiana were not only nonexistent but almost mythological.
Even as train travel faded in popularity, rail lines known for their dining, including the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, continued to offer full menus.
A fixture in the American imagination--and Hoosier history--railroads in Indiana offer nostalgic festivities during the holiday season
As it turns out, Colonel Sanders’ life story shares some fascinating parallels with that of a different colonel, for whom Sanders’ hometown was named. A one-time colonel of a regiment of Pennsylvania militia, Henry Ferguson came to Indiana in 1840, purchasing land in the vicinity of present-day Henryville.
Although it’s certainly not the geographic center of the continental United States, the state of Indiana has nonetheless played the role of “The Crossroads of America”.