Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Shoals, Indiana

Shoals, Indiana
History 
In September 17, 1861, a train carrying soldiers from Illinois heading towards Washington D. C. crossed a bridge outside Shoals. The bridge collapsed and the train derailed, throwing four of the six cars into the river. Shoals has served as Martin County Seat since 1871 when the seat of county government was moved from Trinity Springs. In 1886 Shoals was the scene of a public lynching after the infamous authorities rounded up the Archer Gang after terrorizing the county for a long time. Vigilantes rounded up the gang from the jail in the early morning hours and strung up on trees, the courthouse bell announcing the event. The ground around Shoals and Loogootee is ideally suited for pottery making. During the years 1870 - 1892 Upton Stuckey operated two pottery kilns in Shoals. The soil around Shoals produces a high grade of gypsum and the National Gypsum and US Gypsum companies operate gypsum plants near Shoals. Musseling was a main industry beginning around 1915. The mussels in the White River near Shoals produce a high quality mother of pearl that were used to produce buttons and other items. This was a major industry for a number of years employing hundreds of people. 



       


Geography
Shoals is located at the intersection of US 50 and US 150
County - Martin
Township - Center, Halbert
Area - 1.88 sq mi 
Elevation - 505 ft 
Population (2010) - 756
Time zone - Central (CST) (UTC-6)
ZIP code - 47581
Area code - 812
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Highways
US Route 50
US Route 150

Streams and Rivers
White River - East Fork
Beaver Creek

Railroads
CSX Transportation

Jug Rock Nature Preserve
Martin County Museum 
Pinnacle Rock
House Rock
Overlook Park 




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