Old freight station for interurban line

One of my favorite topics to write and research about is the former electric interurban lines. They were a major step forward in transportation history, but short lived mostly due to the automobile and a few other factors too. Depending on the location of the interurban line, most of them were only carrying passengers for about 25 years, though Fort Wayne was an exception. Interurban service had ceased in some locations by the 1930s but it remained in Fort Wayne well into the 1940s. Shown is a photo of an old freight depot building once used by the Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Company. It is located on Pearl Street, west of Harrison Street in Fort Wayne. This is close to the downtown area of Fort Wayne. Interurban lines, similar to railroads, carried freight, too, though they were obviously more limited in their capacity. Fort Wayne still has a few remnants of the days of electric interurban lines, though you need to look closely, and know where to look, to find them. This building is still used today as a business.

Fort Wayne Interurban Remnants 001

Old freight depot for a Fort Wayne interurban line.


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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