‘Ghost’ community in Marshall County

Last year I was with a group of friends and, among other stops, we stopped to take a brief look at what was once a small community in Walnut Township, Marshall County. Originally platted in 1866 by proprietor Frederick Stair with 70 lots, the community was first known as Fredericksburg. In 1869 11 lots were added and the name was changed to Walnut Station because the railroad first came through. That railroad was later known as the Lake Erie & Western. There was a post office at Walnut Station until 1906 and in the early 1900s there was a store, elevator, two churches and a school. The community was never really very large, but it did have a post office and was platted with named streets. Today the railroad tracks are still there, but upon a closer examination it was clear the railroad line is not used very often. There are still a few houses in a small cluster, but I don’t recall seeing any businesses or marked streets as used to be the case. I’m not sure when things began to change in Walnut Station, but it is considered a “ghost” community now. A reminder of the past in Marshall County.

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Former community of Walnut Station in Marshall County.

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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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