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Picturing the Past 97: 1950 train wreckPosted Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 3:01 PM
The train wreck east of Shelbyville along Railroad Avenue on July 4, 1950. (Photo provided by Trey Arnold)
This train wreck occurred July 4, 1950 along Railroad Avenue between Wartrace and Shelbyville.
I've never figured out the exact location of this. It looks to me similar to an area about a mile or two east of Stanley Boulevard (which didn't exist in 1950) where the railroad bed is raised. Or am I totally off in my guess?
One other odd question: You always think of 'avenues' as being in cities. I've wondered how this rural road became known as Railroad 'Avenue' as opposed to 'Road.' It's now called Railroad Road by the post office, I think, but still 'Avenue' on Google maps.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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