Early pioneers came by horse on rough trails
until the Great Northern Railway was
completed in January of 1893. It was never
possible for Index settlers to trave the river
because it was too swift and hazardous
for navigation by steamboat.
In September of 1893 the Gold from
Monte Cristo mine, 11 miles North,
quit coming through Index because
they started to ship gold
by their own railroad to Evertt.
The depot was literally at
the center of the community.