In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Terre Haute IN, Vigo County (county seat)

What's Here:
The Wabash Valley Railroad Museum
Haley Tower
Spring Hill Tower
Turner Depot

GPS Coordinates:  39.485915, -87.396932
1316 Plum St, Terre Haute, IN
Phone: 812-238-9958
ZIP: 47804

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

Haley Tower was one of the last operating towers in Indiana.  Operating towers are becoming fewer and fewer, so it is a good thing this one was saved.  Because of my business traveling, I had a chance to stray away from Indianapolis and head over to Terre Haute, and got these pictures.  These pictures are scans of prints I took in July 1999.

The tower was acquired from CSX by the Haley Tower Historical and Technical Society, which is associated with the Wabash Valley Railroaders Museum where the towers now reside.

The tower was moved about 50 feet to it's present location on Friday, January 14th, 2000.  On Saturday, August 26th, they had a grand opening celebration.

The society also managed to save Spring Hill Tower, which was purchased in 2000 and moved to the site in 2001.  In 2003, the society also saved the ex Pennsy depot in Turner IN, and moved it to this site.

The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, June thru October.  The hours are 12am to 4pm.

Denver Todd, pictures from Denver as noted
T. K. Kraemer

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area: this is the old page for the museum, but it still has a redirect on it to take you to the address  below this is the current page for the museum Zach's cool page on Haley Tower

Getting Here

Terre Haute is on the far western side of Indiana, and the museum is 7.2 miles from the IN/IL border.  It's also about 70 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis IN, and right off Interstate 70 at exit 7.

Take exit 7 and go north on US 41, 3.7 miles to 8th Avenue and take a right.  Go slightly less than a mile and then a left onto N. 13th St.  One block to Plum St, take a right, and you're there.

From the Chicago area, I would probably jump off I-65 at Lafayette IN, and hop onto US 231 and go south to either US 40 or I-70 into Terre Haute.



Haley Tower

My pictures were taken in 1999, before the tower was moved to its current location.


Spring Hill Tower

In its native setting before being relocated here.

Turner Depot

Turner Depot was the freight agency and depot in Turner, Indiana, located about 10 miles east of Terre Haute.  Surviving in use until the 1940s, Turner was moved to the museum in 2005.  It was built in the late 1800s by the Terre Haute & Indianapolis Railroad.

Around the grounds

Outside on the Mainline

If you're looking for the double-slip switch, it is gone......


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My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

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