Former interurban depot in Garrett

Traces of interurban railway lines is another favorite of mine. Here’s another remnant of the Toledo and Chicago Interurban Railway. According to Craig Berndt’s book about the railway, this house on South Cowen Street in Garrett, which is in DeKalb County, was converted into a depot for the interurban in 1927. Then when the line was abandoned in 1937, it was converted back into a house. Note the building to the far right was a parcel freight depot. This building is actually facing King Street. Berndt goes on to say in his book both buildings appear essentially as they did when the interurban service shut down in 1937. For nearly 80 years then, a piece of the past has remained virtually intact in Garrett, though I can’t say for sure if anything has happened since I visited in October 2015.  As I mentioned before in another post, this railway was never completed. It never went as far as either Toledo or Chicago as originally intended. Unfortunately this was common due to lack of funding and other issues.

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Former interurban depot in Garrett.

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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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