Wabash Railroad tracks once located in Jackson Township

Apparently I was serious a while back when I said there are still many remnants of the former Wabash Railroad in Elkhart County. Here’s yet another one. This one is east of New Paris just off County Road 25 in Jackson Township. I was facing east when I took the photo. It’s a pretty obvious cut for a railroad bed. It’s now private property. Opened in the 1890s, the Wabash Railroad came through New Paris and Elkhart County. It was later bought by what was then the Norfolk Western Railroad before the railroad line was abandoned and the tracks removed in the 1980s. I would strongly encourage reading Victor Baird’s book “Railroading on the Wabash Fourth District.” It has quite a bit of information about the Wabash in Elkhart County. You may recall Victor visiting the Wakarusa Public Library earlier this year to talk about his book.

Remnant of Wabash Railroad in Jackson Township, Elkhart County

Remnant of Wabash Railroad in Jackson Township, Elkhart County


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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