Building a reminder of Winona Railway

Here is another photo taken on a trip about two years ago tracing the route of the Winona Interurban Railway, an electric railway, from Mentone to the south. My friend and I went as far as the small community of Gilead in Miami County. It is located along State Road 19. In Gilead there is a building now housing a business, at least in November 2016 anyway. It is on the northeast corner of SR 19 and County Road 1400 North. This building served as both an electric substation and a passenger depot for the Winona Railway, similar to the building still standing in Mentone. There were a few substations along the route of the Winona and they were part of the power grid for the railway. One can imagine how much electricity it would take to power the railway. This building would have been built between 1900 and 1910. Eventually the route of the Winona took it further south to Peru where it ended and connections could be made to other railways going in all directions. Look for more remnants of the Winona Interurban Railway posted here in the coming months.


Former Winona substation and depot.



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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2 Responses to Building a reminder of Winona Railway

  1. Phil says:

    You might be interested in another apparent remnant of the Winona Railroad that can be seen on the south end of Milford. The small bridge that used to go across Turkey Creek has the remains of visible bridge abutments now that significant amounts of brush have been cleared. It is visible from the road as Main Street exits Milford going south.

  2. Tim Ashley says:

    Thanks, Phil, for reading my blog and for your comment. I am already aware of what you are referring to. I have photos of it too. But thanks for the reminder!

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