GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the finished installation of a history panel on the Pennsy Trail.

The 8-foot-by-3-foot horizontal panel details important events throughout Hancock County’s history on the former railroad.

The panel, to be placed between Pennsylvania and Riley streets near where the old train depot used to stand, will feature pictures and text about four historical events that took place on the railroad that is now the Pennsy Trail, said Ellen Kuker, Greenfield Parks and Recreation superintendent.

The panel highlights the passing of the funeral train carrying the body of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865; the arrival of the train taking the Liberty Bell from the St. Louis World Fair back to Philadelphia in 1904; the Harry Truman Whistle Stop train campaign, which stopped in Greenfield in 1948; and the visit from the James Whitcomb Riley deluxe coach streamlined passenger train in 1973.

The project was made possible by a Celebrating Communities 2015 grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation, according to a news release.

Brigette Jones of the Hancock County Historical Society and Rosalie Richardson of Greenfield Historic Landmarks obtained the pictures and wrote the text on the panel.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or