Beyond this point the NA&S acquired a small short line on June 17, 1852, the Crawfordsville & Wabash (C&W), which extended service as far as Crawfordsville.
To procure a connection with the C&W, here again the NA&S elected to utilize street-running operations along Lafayette's 5th Street. Hilton notes, the difference in the railroad's profile could be witnessed from atop the grade at a location known as the "Tree of Hope," three miles south of Bainbridge.
Much of this came from its Louisville & Nashville connection at Louisville, the powerful southern Class I which went on to acquire the Monon in 1971.
As an additional incentive, Indiana later authorized it could build anywhere within the state, as long as the initial segment was finished.While the southern section was under construction he secured financing through the Michigan Central for the northern component.This subsidiary of the New York Central provided 0,000 in capital in exchange for NA&S's rights to build across northern Indiana and provide it a coveted Chicago connection.While the Monon never grew into a preeminent Midwestern trunk line its history can be traced to the industry's very early days; it was the idea of James Brooks, a man convinced that efficient and high-speed transportation lay in steamboats, not railroads.He was a prominent businessman of New Albany, Indiana, a small community situated along the Ohio River's western shore and directly across from Louisville, Kentucky.