From railroad trestle to trail system bridge

It was Easter weekend last year and the day before Easter was just a gorgeous day for bicycling, walking or running. The Pumpkinvine trail system goes through the town of Middlebury and this portion shown here is at Krider Garden. I snapped some photos of an old wooden railroad trestle over the Little Elkhart River that is now used as part of the trail system. The trestle would date to about 1889 or at least the late 1880s when the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad (later dubbed the Pumpkinvine Railroad) was being built. These types of trestles were quite common in the local area and spanned creeks, rivers and streams. The view I caught here in this photo more clearly shows the age of the trestle. I believe it is remarkable some of these old railroad bridges or trestles are being adapted for modern uses. At least some history is being preserved. The trestle is 160 feet long.

Former wooden railroad trestle in Middlebury now part of a trail system.

Former wooden railroad trestle in Middlebury now part of a trail system.

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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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