The interurban line that never was

Electric interurban railways were popular in the early 1900s, particularly before automobiles came on the scene. This area had three actual interurban lines, one of which was very short lived. And there were others proposed but which never materialized. These were aptly dubbed “paper railways” because they never made it off the paper they were proposed on. Often what happened was poor financing and-or planning. One such line would have came through Syracuse (and other points to the south) and up into Elkhart County. Some grading was done but no track was ever laid and no interurban cars ever ran on the line. Since some of the grading was done there are places where it was evident the line would have ran. This one in the photo is just north of County Road 52 in what is now a field in Elkhart County. Eventually the line would have went through Benton on its way to the north, but it never happened.

Paper Interurban Off CR 52-Elk County 001

Remnant of proposed interurban line in Elkhart County.


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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