pg 151 Chapter X. Year 1851 1. Another Line of Railroad to Pass through South Bend The year 1851 opened, as one might say, with a loud burst of joy from all northern Indiana. A question vital to the country has finally been decided in its favor by the legislature at Indianapolis: a railroad has been secured through the St. Joseph's valley, passing through South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, etc. This joy was all the more lively because the capitalists managing the Michigan Central Company had long been considered as an insurmountable obstacle to the realization of this project, no matter how advantageous it might be to the country. The prayers of the Association had been frequently offered up for the success of this enterprise. Finally in the early part of January the news was communicated everywhere by the firing of canons, as of an event of extraordinary importance. The joy was as great at Notre Dame du Lac as elsewhere.