Wabash Reef an impressive sight

It is also known as the “Big Four Cut.” In the mid to late 1890s, strong backs and hands, dynamite and mules combined to form the still impressive sight of the Wabash Reef. It was a cut through Indiana limestone rock in Wabash in order to lay railroad tracks for what was then known as the Big Four Railroad. One can imagine how difficult this task would have been with the equipment available in the 1890s and at what price, monetarily and physically, it was completed. I can picture men with pick axes, shovels and anything else they could find working tirelessly for long hours to complete the project. Today, it is still an active railroad line and owned by Norfolk Southern Railroad. Paradise Springs Park, a city park, is nearby. There was also once a depot and roundhouse for maintenance of the rail cars. Remnants of the roundhouse are still visible. Signage in the park explains in further detail the significance of the railroad to Wabash.

Wabash Reef cut for the old Big Four Railroad.

Wabash Reef cut for the old Big Four Railroad.


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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