Former telephone booth on Erie Lackawanna Railroad

I’ve mentioned this before on another post, but for those interested in remnants of abandoned railroad lines, the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad has plenty of remnants in both Wabash and Huntington counties. Shown is what is left of an old concrete telephone shanty in Huntington County near where the railroad once crossed Business U.S. Highway 24. The booth was located in the right of way of the Erie Lackawanna. Before the days of cell phones and other forms of communications used on trains now, section crews and train crews used the telephone booths to communicate. Apparently these concrete booths were kept locked until needed. It’s a simple reminder of how people kept in touch before cell phones, which seems so long ago now.



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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