Valley Line Remnant

This hunk of concrete is a reminder of a railway line that existed more than 90 years ago. St. Joseph Valley Traction Co., known by some as the “Valley Line,” was a short-lived railway line. It was unusual in that it was a combination of electric interurban cars and also gas-powered ones. The line ran parallel to what is now State Road 120 between Elkhart and Bristol and also ran further east on into Ohio. The line was never completed as intended, it struggled financially and it had a poor safety record. Remants of it remain, such as this bridge abutment at the Mather Ditch in Middlebury.

Concrete abutment

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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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