Thorntown is a town in Sugar Creek Township, Boone County, Indiana. The community name was derived from the English translation of the Miami Indian village name, Kawiakiungi (place of thorns), once located here. A post office was estalished at Thorntown in 1830 and Thorntown was platted the following year in 1831.
Thorntown is known for its fall festival "Festival of the Turning Leaves", small town atmosphere, great school system, beautifully expanded library, Sugar Creek Art Center, fine dining, the Big 4 Trail (which the local stretch is know as the Keewaskee Trail), and its rich Indian history.
This small company connected Thorntown with Lebanon (10 miles), an important junction on the Indianapolis and Northwest division of the THI&E. The line was opened in July 1905, and throughout most of its history two small Cincinnati Car Company combines provided service on a two-hour headway. The road survived until July 6, 1926. One of its cars was sold to the THI&E , and the right-of -way passed into the hands of the parallel Big Four Railroad. The rail head in Thorntown was on South Market Street just before Main Street (between the current Police station and Chris Cuts barber shop in Market street.)
Source Citation: Standford University Press. "The Electric Interurban Railways in America". George W. Hilton & John F. Due. 2000.