Renner, Indiana facts for kids
Blackford County's location in Indiana
|Location in Blackford County|
|Elevation||919 ft (280 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||441895|
The 530-acre (2.1 km2) farm adjacent to the Renner railroad station was owned by Benjamin Johnson. It became known as the Renner Livestock Farm in the early 1890s, and produced prize-winning Hereford cattle, Hampshire hogs, and horses – including the horse “Poetry of Motion”, a champion show horse. Livestock were shipped from the Renner station, and the railroad made as many as four stops per day. In the early 1900s, the Renner station was considered one of the principle railroad stations in Blackford County.
In 1919, Johnson sold all the farm's livestock, and then sold the farm. The farm was purchased by Fred A. Stimson. Stimson had purchased some of the Renner Stock Farm's cattle, and returned them to the Renner Stock Farm. He successfully continued the farm's tradition of award-winning livestock. Early in 1927, Stimson sold the cattle, and general farming was practiced afterward. In 1937, the farm was sold to the Scripps Foundation in connection with Miami University (Oxford Ohio).
The Renner railroad stop was located in Blackford County's Licking Township, northwest of Hartford City. (See railroad map herein.) The Renner railroad station was used by the nearby Renner Stock Farm to ship livestock all over the world. Although the rail line came to Blackford County in 1867, the farm was not started until the early 1890s. The Renner Stock Farm is credited as the originator of the beef cattle breed of Polled Hereford known as the Bullion 4th.
The railroad line that ran through Renner was named Union and Logansport Railroad Company by the time it entered Blackford County in 1867, and it was the county’s first railroad. This line was proposed in 1862, and completed to Hartford City in 1867 — running through the Blackford County communities of Dunkirk, Converse, Millgrove, Hartford City, and eventually Renner. The railroad was eventually named Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad. Other names for the railroad since that time include the Panhandle division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central Railroad Company, Conrail, and Norfolk Southern Railway. The line is now abandoned east of Hartford City, but still in place west of the city through Renner to Upland, Indiana.
Renner is in East Central Indiana, northwest of Hartford City. The northern half of Indiana, including what became Licking Township and Renner, was flattened by two glaciers millions of years ago. These glaciers are also responsible for the rich Blackford County farmland. The region is still agriculture-oriented. Soybeans and corn are the most popular crops grown in Blackford County, and over 65,000 acres (260 km2) are devoted to these two crops. Additional crops and livestock are also grown in the county. A farm still exists in the area, and can be seen via satellite, but the railroad station is gone.
- Upland (about 4 highway miles west)
- Hartford City (about 5 highway miles southeast)
- Gas City (about 10 highway miles west)
- Marion (about 18 highway miles northwest)
- Muncie (about 26 highway miles southeast)
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