Another remnant of short railway line

In the past I’ve posted a few remnants of the former Syracuse-Milford Railway. Here’s yet another one. For probably less than 20 years there was a short rail line connecting the Kosciusko County towns of Syracuse and Milford. Eventually the main purpose of the line was to carry marl dug out of the bottom of lakes to concrete plants near either end of the line. I’ve also read in old newspaper articles the impression was originally given passengers would be carried on this railway, but it never happened. Apparently that created quite a stir for a while. This particular remnant is just off County Road 250 East in Van Buren Township, east of Milford. I stopped to take this photo after taking photos of an old barn nearby. Although this railroad line ceased to exist in the early 1920s, there are surprisingly still a few visible remnants of it if you know where to look. Some can’t be seen just driving by.

Fisher Barn and Syr-Mil Railway 250 East 010

Trace of the old Syracuse-Milford Railway.


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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