Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor."
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Before there was a Dixie Highway...before there was a Lincoln Highway...before there was a State RoutE 235...railroads were the way to travel.
Here's a 1902 photograph of neighboring Ada's Pennsylvania Railroad depot. The line connected New York City and Chicago with very fast service. Depending upon your point of view, not much or, quite a bit has change in 110 years.
The Ada depot still exists, as it was restored by the Ada community. There are still trains that pass through Ada. None are passenger trains. And there is only one track today.
(Photo from "Ada and the O.N.U. - The new and the old," from the collection of Bob Barnett.)