Railroad trestle in Whitley County

The Detroit, Eel River & Illinois Railroad once came through South Whitley in Whitley County. Part of its route crossed Spring Creek on the edge of South Whitley, near Calhoun Street and also State Road 205. Shown is a beautiful wooden railroad trestle still standing. According to information provided by Craig Berndt, the Wabash Railroad’s inventory of the Eel River Railroad in 1890 listed the trestle as being built in 1882. Craig isn’t sure this is the same trestle still standing, but there’s a good chance it is. At any rate, it is a rare thing to see any wooden trestle still standing, especially on an abandoned railroad line.

Wooden railroad trestle in South Whitley


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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One Response to Railroad trestle in Whitley County

  1. Ron Helfrich says:

    Used to walk down to it when I was a kid. Quite memorable.

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