Railroad viaduct for old Pennsylvania Railroad near Warsaw

The once mighty Pennsylvania Railroad, in its heyday, was one of the most prosperous railroad lines in the entire United States. Business was brisk for both passenger and freight service and this would have included the Midwest. In Kosciusko County the Pennsylvania often paralleled and ran closely to what is now Old U.S. 30 (also the Lincoln Highway at one time). Shown is a photo of an old railroad line viaduct built across a county regulated ditch, west of Warsaw. Note the beautiful architecture with the arch. I don’t have any specific documentation stating when it was built, but many of these were built between about 1890 and the early 1900s. Judging by the appearance of the viaduct, I would say that is at least a fairly accurate assumption here. Unlike highway or road bridges, most of which have been replaced or rebuilt a long time ago, there are still quite a few older railroad structures in use. Of course the Pennsylvania Railroad no longer exists, though the railroad line is still used today by a short line railroad corporation. The viaduct is a reminder of the days when trains were much more prominent on the landscape.

Old railroad viaduct near Warsaw.

Old railroad viaduct near Warsaw.


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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