The Old Elkhart Road, known today as Wilden Avenue, County Road 45 or Hammond Avenue depending on where you are at, used to be the main driving route between Goshen and Elkhart before U.S. 33 was built. It paralleled the old Big Four Railroad, later known as New York Central and today Norfolk Southern. It also paralleled the Winona Interurban line. Before the 1920s, though, it was a lot less safe when driving on the Old Elkhart Road. It had numerous railroad crossings as it went back and forth across the railroad tracks several times. One can easily imagine several automobile-train crashes occurred. Especially considering there were probably not any crossing arms or the safety devices commonly found today on rail lines. Shown in the photo is a former railroad crossing near Ox Bow County Park in Elkhart County. It is one of several that were removed many years ago. Today, the road is safer to drive on assuming one pays attention to the road signs and their speed of course.