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
Mt. Olympus High School Boys Basketball 1916-1965
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
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,

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.