Wabash Railroad met old trail

Several years ago, the Wabash Railroad crossed State Road 119 in Elkhart County. This photo shows the approximate location where they crossed paths. There is a slight rise in the state highway near County Road 7. Wabash Railroad was built through Elkhart County in the early 1890s and at the time, what is now State Road 119 was known as the Plymouth-Goshen Trail. Looking back, it amounts to a historic crossing of paths. The trail later became a state highway and has been around easily more than 100 years, while the railroad was in place more than 90 years before the tracks were removed.

Railroad and highway crossed paths

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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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