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Madison Hill Incline and Cut

Location: 1001 W. Main & McIntire Streets, SW corner of railroad bridge, Madison. (Jefferson County, Indiana)

Erected 1996 Indiana Historical Bureau and Jefferson County Historical Society, Inc.

ID# : 39.1996.1

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Built 1836-1841 as part of Indiana's 1836 Internal Improvement Act. Measures 7, 012 feet long and elevates 413 feet to achieve a 5.89 percent grade; 500, 000 tons of rock and earth were moved in construction. Still considered to be the steepest standard gauge main track ascended by wheel-adhesion locomotives in the U.S.

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