W.H. Roundtree
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide
that you are not going to stay where you are.”
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Princeton Tigers High School Boys Basketball
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Hazleton High School Boys Basketball 1914-1963
Patoka High School Boys Basketball 1913-1963

Stanley Madison

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PO Box 1193
Princeton, IN 47670
953 N. County Road, 500 W.
PO Box 1193
Princeton, IN 47670
Early settler Joshua Lyles, donated 6
acres of ground to the Old Airline
Railroad to establish a rail station.  In
1886, the settlement was officially named
Lyles Station in honor of Joshua Lyles
and his contribution.
The town flourished during the late nineteenth and
early twentieth centuries, developing into a self-
sustaining community of approximately 800 residents.
At its peak (1880-1913), Lyles Station consisted of
fifty-five homes, a post office, a railroad station, an
elementary school, two churches, two general
stores, and a lumber mill. However, the 1913 flood
of the Patoka and Wabash Rivers left much of the
area under water, marking the start of the settlement’
s decline.  Today, only a few homes remain in the
community of Lyles Station but nearly half of the
residents are descendants of the original black
settlers. Along with the scattered houses, the African
Methodist Episcopal Church, a grain elevator, and
the schoolhouse are all that stand as a physical
reminder of the once-thriving settlement of Lyles
Station, Indiana.  

However, the spirit of freedom and perseverance
which made the town prosper is still very much alive
in the hearts and minds of those individuals who
have worked to restore the Lyles Consolidated
School building. Ground breaking on the renovation
project was held in June of 2002 and in May of
2003, the dreams of preserving the Lyles Station
legacy were realized with the opening of the
restored Lyles Consolidated School.