Jesse Lynch Williams, Esq.
Experimental Survey and Report of Crooked Creek and Clifty routes to Madison, Ind.
John D. Defrees
Where established inland ports like Memphis were trying to become part of the Transcontinental Railroad, other cities like Indianapolis had more modest goals. This report is an example of one of those more modest “feeder railroads.” The Madison and Indianapolis Railroad was created solely to help Indianapolis connect to the Ohio River and any railroads building to the West, thus preventing the city from being bypassed by trade and fading away.