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The Milwaukee Road (absorbed into Soo Line then Canadian Pacific) depot in Bedford, Indiana. 3/15/05 This photo is from the rear of the depot. Bedford, Indiana is the capital of limestone production in the United States. This depot as well as the Monon depot in town are of course made from the local cut stone. Bedford limestone is used on many buildings through out the world, including the Empire State Building, Rockafeller Center, the Pentagon, and countless churchs thru out the United States.

The depot here is still in use as the southern most outpost in the Canadian Pacific empire. At one time the line extended west of here to Seymour, Indiana going past the house where I grew up. We always called the Milwaukee Road the "B,F & E" which stood for Back & Forth Empty. Around 1977 the line was abandoned between Bedford and Seymour, however the line to Bedford remains an important trunk line in the Canadian Pacific empire via trackage rights over the CSX former Monon line from Bedford to Louisiville, Kentucky.