Follow the poles for interurban route

Quite a few years ago I was told following the path of the former Winona Interurban Railway between Warsaw and Mentone in Kosciusko County essentially consists of following the path of the electric power poles. Sure enough this photo is proof of that. It was taken from along Shilling Road between Palestine and Mentone. It is located close to the photo I posted just last week. Old maps show the interurban followed an angled route between Warsaw and Mentone. I would guess about a 30 degree angle if you look at the maps, but then again I was never really very good in geometry. There are other remnants of the old electric railway such as what I posted last week. To the best of my knowledge there is also a remnant still in place over Trimble Creek closer to Warsaw. One can imagine the interurban would have been welcomed by those in rural areas who could now get to the county seat in Warsaw quicker to take care of any business or shopping they may have to do. The interurban took us out of the horse and buggy days into more modern transportation.

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Route of the Winona Interurban between Warsaw and Mentone.


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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