Former Winona Interurban station in Mentone

One of the things in particular I enjoy researching and writing about is transportation history, particularly the electric interurban railways. Indiana had an extensive network of interurban lines second only to Ohio in the number of miles covered. One of the interurban lines in Indiana was the Winona Interurban Railway. It went from Goshen to Peru where connections could be made to other interurban or railroad lines. On its journey to Peru the Winona passed through the small town of Mentone in southern Kosciusko County. In Mentone there was an interurban station where travel arrangements could be made and tickets purchased for travel on the interurban line. At least part of the old station is still standing as shown in the photo. Obviously I took the photo on the back side of the building. It is just off State Road 25, a main street in Mentone, in the downtown area. At the time I took the photo there was a business using the building, though I can’t recall anything more specific. Though the Winona ceased carrying passengers in the 1930s, a few traces of the line remain today.

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Former Winona Interurban station in Mentone.

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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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