Traces of long ago abandoned electric railway line

One of my favorite topics to write about, if not the favorite, when it comes to local history is electric interurban lines. Relatively speaking, they didn’t carry passengers for very long compared to other forms of transportation, but the interurban was a major step forward for transportation. It helped propel people from the horse and buggy days and opened up access previously not existing. I particularly like finding remnants of those old interurban lines, such as this one here along U.S. Highway 24 in Huntington County. The poles shown here was the path of the Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction Company line from Fort Wayne to Huntington. I simply pulled off the road and started snapping photos. The line paralleled 24 for quite a stretch between Fort Wayne and Huntington. Eventually this line found its way into Wabash County. There are other remnants left of the line in Fort Wayne and elsewhere. Automobiles proved to be the demise of the electric interurban railways, but traces of them can still be found in a few places.

Path of former interurban line in Huntington County.

Path of former interurban line in Huntington County.


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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