Former freight station in Garrett now a museum

Those who like to watch trains in northern Indiana have likely visited Garrett in DeKalb County. There is a rail yard with quite a bit of train activity for the CSX Railroad line. Of course, years ago it was known as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Further proof Garrett is a railroad town is to note the high school’s nickname is the Railroaders. Surviving from the heyday of railroads is the old B & O freight station shown in the photo. I’m not really sure when it was built, but I would guess in the early 1900s, maybe the 1920s. It has the classic freight station look with the wide doors so freight could be unloaded from wagons and whatever else was used to move freight. Today the building serves as a history museum for Garrett. It’s worth going inside to see more of the local history, especially the railroad which was so vital to spurring growth. Sadly, some of this history is being lost as those with a knowledge of it are passing away and, sometimes, their memories die with them. Also near the museum is an area for railfans to sit and watch the trains.

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This was once a railroad freight station in Garrett.


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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