Valley Line remnant

Along the south side of State Road 120, particularly in the stretch between Elkhart and Bristol in Elkhart County, is a visible reminder of the old St. Joseph Valley Traction Company, often referred to as simply the “Valley Line.” A combination of electric and gas, the railway was very short lived, never finished and had a poor financial and safety record. Shown is a rise in the grading of the land at a point not far from Bristol where the railway bed would have been located.

Former railway bed along SR 120


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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