Remnant of electric railway in Elkhart

100_2597One form of transportation with a relatively short lived history was the electric interurban railway. Indiana had several of these railway lines that were eventually done in by the most part by the automobile. And northern Indiana was well served by interurban lines. Shown is a remnant of what was originally known as the South Bend and Elkhart Electric Railway Company. Notice the rise in the grade of the landscape paralleling Mishawaka Street on the northwest side of the city of Elkhart. As the name of the railway implies, the line connected Elkhart with Mishawaka and South Bend. It is said this line originally started with horses pulling the railway cars before becoming electrified. Eventually it became known as the Northern Indiana Railway. It was abandoned in 1934, roughly 36 years after being originally incorporated in 1898.

 

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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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