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“A Jewel of a Volunteer-maintained Museum!”

Linden Depot Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Linden
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 16 July 2016

My spouse is a big railroad buff, so we planned to stop at this museum on our way to Chicago. It is easily-accessed on a secondary road off I-74, or even I-65.

This is a small place, but packed "to the gills" with memorabilia. There are three rooms inside the old depot, including a public restroom, but there is NO air conditioning, so on a hot day you might want to bring some water with you.

Outside the museum are numerous train artifacts, signals, lights, track sections, and a caboose, which is open to inspection (not handicap accessible, unfortunately). One of the volunteers, Gary, took us to another train car, where model train layouts and circus items are on display. We loved watching the trains run, and seeing all the memorabilia from the days of the circus coming to town by rail. Gary had many stories to relate about the history of the circus trains. I believe this room was cooled by fans or air conditioning, as I don't recall it being overly warm.

There is a small gift shop as part of the museum, and they take cash or credit card. The admission fee was not bad, and I felt it was very much worthwhile for all the displays, and for the work that was done to create this lovely tribute to the past. This site is recommended even for those with small children, who will most likely love the outside displays, as well as the model trains.

Note that there currently (summer of 2016) are road closures if you are heading north, as we were. One of the volunteers, Elizabeth, gave us excellent directions to detour around the construction and to our next stop, Battle Ground.

Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 20 December 2015

After driving by this little museum across from the Lindy Freeze for years, we finally stopped for their Open House—Old World Christmas on a Friday afternoon. Three enthusiastic volunteers were there talk about displays in the two buildings and a caboose; to add authenticity, a freight train rumbled by while we were there. In the depot (closest to parking) there are photos and artifacts related to the Monon and other lines. A short walk away is the big attraction for the kids — a circus-themed model train layout. It had three or four toddlers excited while we were there. Train locomotives and cars in different scales are displayed. This is a volunteer effort on a limited budget, but interesting and worth a visit ... especially on a warm summer day with the Lindy Freeze just across US 231.

Thank James M
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Reviewed 23 September 2015

This local hidden gem has a fascinating history. The depot is the last remaining junction depot in Indiana. Not only is the junction an irregular 87.5 degree angle, so is the corner in the depot. It was shared between the Nickel Plate and Monon routes, with two separate ticket counters and baggage rooms, but a shared waiting room. The depot is beautifully restored and has an ongoing model HO railroad in a separate building. Many old signals, gates, and semaphores scattered throughout the property. There is also a cool old Nickel Plate caboose on the property. Great museum in a small town, and equally great volunteers.

Thank William H
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Reviewed 17 May 2015

We were passing through Linden last week, saw the Linden Depot Museum, and decided to stop. We were surprised with this little gem. They have two buildlings...the original depot built in 1908 which gives history of the railroads and has a small gift shop. The other building on the premises has a large model railroad display, set up to show the circus in Indiana, plus some other circus memorabilia.

Thank Bluejay_13
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