Did you know?
- Both Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Tecomet call Claypool home.
- Louis Dreyfus Company is the world’s largest integrated soybean processing biodiesel plant that proudly uses American soybeans to fuel and feed the World right here in Claypool Indiana. LDC Processes 50 million bu of soybeans annually, produce 1 million tons of soybean meal (animal feed), produce 90 million gallons of biodiesel, is located on 275 acres utilize 2 locomotives and 1000 rail cars have a waste water treatment plant and unloads 500 semis of soybeans per day.
- Claypool is also famous for being the hometown of 1996 Mr. Basketball of Indiana, Kevin Ault and Judi Warren, the first Miss Basketball of Indiana in 1976. Judi Warren was also inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
If you’re a Norfolk Southern (NS) Rail fan, Claypool, Indiana is the place to be! Claypool is a great place for train watching, filming and photography of NS freights on the Fort Wayne-Chicago, Chicago District and the Goshen-Anderson, Marion Branch. Both rail lines cross each other at grade. Railroad Street runs along the west side of the Marion Branch. You can stand or park on or along this street, it’s public property, or there’s a playground just west of Railroad St. where you can also park along the edge of the street near the playground property fence. This street dead-ends on either side of a former grade crossing on the Chicago District, so you shouldn’t have any major street traffic worries. Stay off NS property at/near the diamonds and keep away from a nearby NS office trailer that’s located along Railroad St. close to the Marion Branch. The rail line known as the Fort Wayne Line is usually referred to as the former Pennsylvania Railroad line which also connects Fort Wayne with Chicago; it goes via Columbia City, Warsaw and Plymouth, it’s north of the former Nickel Plate line (formerly Conrail) titled this Pennsylvania RR right-of-way the Fort Wayne Line. The Erie-Lackawanna line is south of the NS former Nickel Plate line(the Chicago District) which is abandoned and pulled up except for a couple short segments used for local industry and around a mile of track purchased in North Judson, Indiana by The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum. On a typical day in Claypool, you will see numerous intermodals, including RoadRailer trains as well as coal and merchandise trains. On the Marion Branch, general merchandise trains rule the day, with occasional special trains like FEMA trains, aggregate trains and grain trains. As far as train frequency, the Marion Branch sees at least 10-12 trains a day; the Chicago District closer to 25-30 trains a day.
Not to be missed in Claypool
Someplace Else Saloon offers perfectly cooked sandwiches and a homey atmosphere that allows guests a place to relax after a hard working day. The positive aspect of Someplace Else Salon is that the staff is hospitable. Fabulous service is something clients appreciate here.
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