Trace of old Wabash in Benton Township

Unless I discover more remnants later, this should wrap up the ones I’ve found thus far in Elkhart County for the old Wabash Railroad. This one appears to be control boxes of some type just off U.S. 33 in Benton Township, Elkhart County. The highway can be seen in the background. There would have been railroad crossing lights and arms on a major highway such as 33. These boxes may have housed electronic or mechanical controls of some type connected to the crossing lights and-or arms. More precisely, the location of the boxes is in the community of Benton. U.S. 33 here is also of historical significance as it was once part of the Lincoln Highway. As I’ve noted before, the Wabash Railroad was later purchased by what is now Norfolk Southern and the tracks were abandoned and then removed from the county in the early 1980s.

Wabash Railroad remnant in Benton Township

Wabash Railroad remnant in Benton Township


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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