Electric transportation

For a period of roughly 25 years or a little more, one of the modes for transportation in Goshen and other parts of Elkhart County, as well as neighboring counties St. Joseph and Kosciusko, was the electric interurban line. The interurban came at a time when either the horse or horse and wagon/buggy was still a major mode of transportation. It opened up rural areas and connected them with cities and towns. But then the automobile came along and ultimately was a major factor in the demise of the interurban in the early 1930s. But even after more than 75 years, a few interurban remnants survive, such as these concrete bridge pillars in the river between Wilden Avenue and U.S. 33 in Goshen. In the background is the railroad line used by Norfolk Southern.

Concrete bridge pillars near Wilden Avenue in Goshen


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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