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Apr 28, 2022

“I traveled from the time I was 14 until I was 18. The moment the idea hit to go somewhere, and it always did in the spring, I was off. St. Louis, Denver, Chicago, Dodge City, Cincinnati . . . anywhere the next freight train happened to be going.”

So said perhaps the most unlikely Hoosier to become an international business tycoon. His name endures because he created an unusual small town that’s surrounded by the city of Lebanon in Boone County.

Hoosier History Live will take a dual look at industrialist Henry Ulen, who quit school after the fifth grade to ride the rails, and the town of Ulen that he founded in the 1920s not far from where he had grown up.

Henry Ulen