Electrical substation once served interurban

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but one of the most interesting things I read about and study with history is electric interurban lines. Although many of them did not last very long, they were still an important part of transportation history. They connected people even in rural areas with goods and services in towns and cities. And they were surely an improvement over roads that were often impassable. Indiana was a major interurban state and had an extensive network of lines. One of those was the Fort Wayne and Wabash Valley Traction Company. As the name says, it served Fort Wayne and also other areas. Shown is a former electrical substation on the line. It is located at McKinley Avenue and Covington Road in Fort Wayne. Interurban lines had main power stations and also substation buildings along the line for distribution of electricity. A few of the substations still stand, but not many. To the best of my knowledge, this particular building is still used as an electric substation. This interurban line served Huntington among other towns and cities.

McKinley Ave Interurban Remnants-FW 005

Former substation for an 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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