1221 J Street, Bedford
Vacant, dilapidated, and a target for vandals, Bedford’s Monon Station, a return entry in 2021, needs immediate repairs and a plan for its reuse. Built in 1926 of Indiana limestone, the Craftsman depot on J Street doubled as passenger depot and a freight station for the Monon Railroad, shipping blocks from local quarries at the heart of the “Limestone Capital of the World.” After the Monon ended passenger service in 1967, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and later CSX took over operations, until the county adapted the building as a recycling center.
Since the depot’s first appearance on our 10 Most Endangered list in 2020, a conditions assessment funded by Indiana Landmarks found the depot to be in overall good condition save a leaky tile roof, which is allowing water to cause extensive damage to the building’s soffits and overhangs.
Community leaders and trail advocates have expressed interest in adapting the Craftsman depot as a trail head for the growing Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway, but the pandemic stalled efforts to engage community and developer interest. We hope continued 10 Most listing will help reignite the push to find a reuse for the landmark.
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