This is a picture of the old Monon depot as it exists today, alongside SR 47 west of Sheridan.

Photo Courtesy Sheridan Historical Society
This is a picture of the old Monon depot as it exists today, alongside SR 47 west of Sheridan. Photo Courtesy Sheridan Historical Society
Earlier this month, representatives from the Sheridan Historical Society and the Town of Sheridan met at the new museum on Main Street to begin work on a joint project of moving the old Sheridan Monon train depot from its present location on the western outskirts of the community to downtown.
The depot has been a valued part of the community since it was built in 1882 and served the passenger and freight needs of in the northwest part of Hamilton County. By 1974, however, the Monon railroad and its associated depots in Indiana had been largely displaced by truck traffic. The Sheridan depot was in danger of being demolished.
In the mid-1980s it was purchased by Sheridan’s Jim Kinkead, disassembled and moved to its present location where it was reconstructed. After Kinkead passed away, his family decided to donate the depot to the community.
This is a cooperative project between the town of Sheridan and the Sheridan Historical Society. The town would like to preserve a piece of its history and the Society has experience with this type of work. The two organizations already have a written statement of understanding as to how this project will proceed. The Town has indicated they have locations near the Monon Trail where it enters town, and the depot could be placed at either location. The town would be willing to bring any needed utilities to the eventual site chosen, and would retain ownership of the facility. For its part, the Historical Society will provide most of the hands-on work in terms of fundraising, administration and restoration of the project.
Both the town and the Society will depend heavily on the community for donations and volunteers and to participate in this venture as the real hands-on work takes place.
At present, the Historical Society is entering the planning stages for this project. One of the major issues to be decided is what to do with the depot once it is relocated – and even exactly where to locate it? There are other issues like establishing a budget, restoration and more – all depending to some degree on what the function of the depot will end up being.
A lot of work needs to take place before moving the building. Community input is of paramount importance at this stage and the Historical Society hopes many community members will come forward to help with this project. The Historical Society currently is in the process of forming a working group of individuals who reflect a variety of talents and can help with all the questions noted above.
The next immediate step will be to bring together a smaller group of individuals who will oversee this project. From that group we will add others to sub-committees with more precise assigned tasks such as fundraising, functional design or hands-on manual labor tasks. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please let us know. You can do that by coming to the museum (315 S. Main Street) any Tuesday or Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and filling out a volunteer form. Or you can e-mail Steve Martin (shmartin1@comcast.net) and ask him to include you in the depot activities.
The next meeting of the Depot Project committee is scheduled Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the museum. The meeting is open to the public.