Former Pumpkinvine bridge still a bridge

Admittedly, if you are not looking for it, you likely won’t notice this used to be a railroad bridge. You actually have to stop and walk around and look at the old wooden support beams still in place underneath the current bridge. Originally this served as a bridge for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad. That railroad later earned the quite familiar nickname of the Pumpkinvine Railroad. The bridge was built in about 1900 and is located in Middlebury Township just south of County Road 20. It crosses the south fork of Pine Creek. Of course now many recognize the bridge as part of the Pumpkinvine Trail system for walkers, joggers and bicyclers. So it still serves as a bridge but for a different purpose. Originally trains pulled by locomotives and carrying passengers and/or freight crossed the bridge, but now people looking to get outdoors, looking for recreation or wanting to exercise use it.

Bridge across Pine Creek in Middlebury Township.

Bridge across Pine Creek in Middlebury 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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