Interurban never materialized near Syracuse

Electric interurban railways have been featured before in Local Remnants. Most of them, however, have been actual railways that existed. This week is a little different. Shown is part of the route of a proposed electric interurban railway that never materialized. The photo was taken from County Road 1000 North, south of Syracuse in Kosciusko County and just east of State Road 13. Many interurban lines were proposed and never came to fruition and were fittingly dubbed “paper railways.” Obviously, they never existed past the paper they were proposed on. There were many reasons an interurban line never materialized, but often it was because the capital needed could not be raised in time. Promoters had big ideas but the money was not enough to make it happen. Another reason was simply poor planning. Lines were sometimes hastily put together and it was later determined the right of way could not be obtained or something else became an obstacle. This particular proposed line would have headed south to North Webster, but it never became the real deal.

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Route of a “paper railway” near Syracuse in Kosciusko 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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