Former electric railway line in Fort Wayne

Last week I posted about a “paper railway” but this week my post is about an actual electric interurban line once existing in Fort Wayne. I was in Fort Wayne with a couple of friends several months ago riding on the different bike trails in the city. We rode on one trail known as the Towpath Trail. It essentially followed the former route of the Wabash-Erie Canal. While riding in the area near Lutheran Hospital on the south side of Fort Wayne, we noticed in this area an interurban line once existed. A nearby informational display gave all the details. This particular interurban line came out of Fort Wayne going west and went to Huntington, among other stops. Note the path of the towpath in the photo and also the power poles. The interurban followed the same path of the towpath, or at least pretty close to it. I don’t recall more specifically the names of any nearby roads or streets other than U.S. Highway 24 is not far away. Fort Wayne had several interurban lines going east, west, north and south as well as its own city system.

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Path of a former interurban line in Fort Wayne.


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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