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The Town of Hibbard

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Thanks to Bob Albert, area train enthusiast and longtime Hibbard resident, we are able to offer a look at the history of the town of Hibbard, Indiana, just a few miles north and east of Culver along the east-west (Nickel Plate) railroad tracks that also run through the small town of Burr Oak on today's State Road 17. Hibbard is located almost due east of Burr Oak down the tracks (see map) or at the Junction of today's 15B and Redwood Roads in Marshall County. As was the case with many towns that grew up to a large extent as a result of the railroad, Hibbard in the earlier part of the 20th century was a much more bustling town, with its own school, post office, industry, and active population, all attributes that slowly faded along with the railroad.

Many thanks to Bob Albert for sharing his photos and knowledge of Hibbard's past and making this portion of the site possible.

Train and Rail Related Hibbard Pictures Non-Railroad Hibbard Pictures

Nickel Plate train 2-8-4 #766

Nickel Plate train 2-8-4 #766 westbound at Flora's crossing at Hibbard, Ind. on Sept. 5, 1952. (Sandy Goodrick)

Nickel Plate train 2-8-4 749

Nickel Plate train 2-8-4 749 on westbound extra, about to cross the Pennsylvania railroad at Hibbard, IN. 6/30/57. (Sandy Goodrick)

Nickel Plate train #7

Nickel Plate train #7 stops at Hibbard, IN on Christmas Eve, 1951. (Bill Eley)

Nickel Plate railroad train #7

 Nickel Plate railroad train #7 stops at Hibbard, Ind. on Christmas Eve 1951. (Sandy Goodrick)

 Pennsylvania RR/Nickel Plate Union Depot at Hibbard

Pennsylvania RR/Nickel Plate Union Depot at Hibbard, Indiana about 1910. (Homer Albert)

Nickel Plate railroad 2-8-4 764 

Nickel Plate railroad 2-8-4 764 at Hibbard, IN on 6/30/57. (Harry Zilmer)

Pennsylvania railroad/Nickel Plate railroad depot at Hibbard, Indiana looking west about 1916 

Pennsylvania railroad/Nickel Plate railroad depot at Hibbard, Indiana looking west about 1916.

ickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot 

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot, west side, August 1957.

Westbound Train

Nickel Plate railroad westbound train nears the Hibbard, IN depot. (Homer Albert)

Nickel Plate railroad 2-8-4 764

Nickel Plate railroad 2-8-4 764 on e.b. fan trip crossing Pennsylvania railroad at Hibbard, IN. 6/30/57 (Sandy Goodrick)

depot looking northwes

Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad Hibbard depot looking northwest on Aug. 10, 1956.

George Thornburg flagging train #8

George Thornburg flagging train #8 at Hibbard on Aug. 10, 1956.

railroad depot, south side

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot, south side, August 1957.

railroad depot, west side

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot, west side, October 1957.

railroad passenger shelter

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad passenger shelter, September 1961.

Agent Thorburg

Agent Thorburg in depot office at Hibbard on Aug 10, 1956.

Agent Thornburg inspects train #56

Agent Thornburg inspects train #56 at Hibbard on Aug. 19, 1956.

Bob Albert and agent Thornbug

Bob Albert and agent Thornbug at Hibbard on August 10, 1956.

George Thornburg at the ticket window

George Thornburg at the ticket window, Hibbard, Aug. 10, 1956.

Looking toward Burr Oak

Looking toward Burr Oak from Hibbard, IN. March, 1961 (Bob Albert).

 Nickel Plate railroad 2-8-0

Nickel Plate railroad 2-8-0 heading into the Pennsylvania railroad interchange at Hibbard, IN. WW1 Era (Homer Albert)

railroad depot, north side

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot, north side, February 1960.

railroad depot, north side

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot, north side, February 1960.

railroad depot, west and south side

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot, west and south side, February 1960.

railroad depot remains

Hibbard, IN Nickel Plate railroad/Pennsylvania railroad depot remains, March 1960.

Nickel Plate railroad train #56 at Burr Oak

Nickel Plate railroad train #56 at Burr Oak, Indiana about 1950.

Pennsy doodlebug s.b. at Hibbard

Pennsy doodlebug s.b. at Hibbard, Ind. on October 25, 1947. (McCarter)

Bridge gang cars

Bridge gang cars at Hibbard about 1951.

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Hibbard Map 01 Hibbard Map 02

A map of the businesses and various locales of Hibbard's past in high resolution (left) and lowered resolution (right).

Looking North

Looking south at 14B road.

Bridge

Bridge over the Yellow River near 14th Road.

Sawmill and Yards

The Hibbard sawmill and yards, an early photo.

Cider & Cane Mill

Cider & Cane Mill

The Cider & Cane Mill

Hibbard's E.U.B.

Hibbard's E.U.B. (Emmanual United Brethren) Church about 1913.

E.U.B. Church

The E.U.B. Church is again visible in this early shot of Yarlett Street in Hibbard.

Hibbard's E.U.B.

Hibbard's E.U.B. (Emmanual United Brethren) Church

Yarlett St., here about 1910.

The street that is today Yarlett St., here about 1910.

One-Room School House

The one-room school house in Hibbard.

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