Railroad whistle marker near Syracuse

While driving on a county road between Milford and Syracuse in Kosciusko County one day, I happened to notice this concrete railroad whistle marker not far off the road. I know it is one of the older types of whistle markers so I started wondering about it. At first I thought it might have been part of the very old Syracuse-Milford Railway, but I realized the railway did not take this path. Later I learned the marker was transplanted from the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad somewhere near Nappanee. The railway removed those markers and eventually this was one sold or given to someone living near Syracuse in Kosciusko County. It is on private property and does make sort of a nice decorative element. Railroad whistle markers alerted locomotive engineers it was time to sound the whistle (or horn today). They were often placed near railroad crossings. Concrete whistle markers are not as common now, but still can be seen in some places. Metal markers are more likely to be used today.

Railroad whistle marker near Syracuse.

Railroad whistle marker near Syracuse.

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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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