Remnant of interurban in Kendallville

The Toledo and Chicago Interurban Railway was incorporated in 1903. It was originally intended to be a 70-mile long inter-city electric railway from Goshen to the Ohio state line. It was near the geographic center of a group of interurban lines being built and connected end-to-end with the the goal of providing interurban service from Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago. But what ended up happening was financial constraints permitted only the Fort Wayne Division to be built, a total of 42 miles of track. No part of the east-west mainline from Goshen to Ohio was ever built. This was quite common. Many interurban lines were never finished and some were never even started. Shown in the photo is a remnant of a concrete abutment for a bridge crossing the Bixler Lake Ditch in Kendallville, Noble County. It is one of a few remnants still visible for this electric railway line. Thanks to Craig Berndt’s book about the Toledo and Chicago Interurban Railway for providing the information I needed. I will post more remnant photos of this line in the coming weeks.

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Interurban bridge remnant in Kendallville.

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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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