Reminder of Big Four shops in Wabash

From the early 1870s to about the mid 1920s, Wabash was an important railroad town for the Big Four Railroad. In fact, Wabash was originally part of the railroad’s name until it was changed to the Big Four. Wabash was once the headquarters for a division of the railroad and was also the site of a depot and extensive railroad shops. At one time, freight cars and passenger cars were even built at Wabash. More than 100 workers were employed at the shops during peak years. They were busy building and maintaining the fleet of the railroad. A fire in 1894 caused the shops to be rebuilt and they were built to handle twice the capacity as before. But in 1925, the shops were closed. By the early 1930s, they were torn down. As can be seen in the photo, a trace remains in the form of part of the concrete circle foundation. Paradise Springs Park, a city park in Wabash, is located where the shops used to be. Another reminder of the importance of the railroads in America.

Remnant of the railroad shops in Wabash.

Remnant of the railroad shops in Wabash.


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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