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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rapid Growth in the 1920's

Beech Grove, IN (November 16, 2017) — This 1920’s postcard shows a close-up view of residences along Eleventh Avenue. Houses were built large to accommodate the growing families of the tradesmen attracted to Beech Grove for employment in the large railroad facility.

A 1920's Post Card

These families created additional growth in service businesses, retail stores, and construction businesses to build their houses. In addition, businesses such as the Cleveland Grain Company established facilities that were also served by the railroad.

The growth of Beech Grove was driven by the high demand for skilled workers in these labor-intensive industries. The hours were long, the work was hard, and working conditions were often unpleasant; this was a young man’s employment market.

During the years prior to 1930, Beech Grove’s senior and retired population was virtually nonexistent. The town’s workforce was known to be young, hard working, family centered, and 100 percent Caucasian.

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