Eisenhower Train in Ewing IN April 1969


Eisenhower Train in Ewing IN April 1969


According to a B and O Railroad historian, April 1 was the date the train was travelling westbound (through Jackson County) from Washington D.C. to Abilene for Ike’s burial.

The train stop (in Brownstown) occurred on April 3 as the train was travelling eastbound to return from Abilene to Washington D.C.

The Brownstown stop is fascinating, but barely known outside of Jackson County. The historian said the railroad officials wanted to keep the unscheduled train stop “hushed-up.” It was not a brief stop; but a 42-minute stop. He said Julia had a claustrophobia attack, causing her to stop and exit the train. Julia’s exit from the train made the secret service men very nervous.


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April 1969




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Eisenhower Train in Ewing IN April 1969


Train carrying the body of former President and General Eisenhower as it passed through Brownstown on 4/1/69 - from R.R. (Phil) Robertson, bw 9.54x7.54
Mamie Eisenhower returns to Washington, D.C. following her husband's funeral. The train stops briefly in Brownstown.   Please scroll down. There is more than one page to this article. - Article from the Seymour Daily Tribune on April 3, 1969



Jackson County Public Library, “Eisenhower Train in Ewing IN April 1969,” Jackson County Public Library, accessed June 5, 2023, https://www.jacksoncountyhistory.org/items/show/491.