You could cross the Big Four Railroad here

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.

Former railroad crossing near Ox Bow Park.

Former railroad crossing near Ox Bow Park.



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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