Follow the poles for interurban route

There are a few places where the former route of the Winona Interurban Railway can be found by following the electric poles. Here is one example. Off County Road 300 South, east of State Road 19 and south of Akron just look at the poles and you will see the route the Winona took. Akron was one of several small towns the Winona came through. Between Goshen and Peru, travelers could board the railway powered by electricity in several locations. I’ve posted several remnants of the Winona and find it remarkable they still exist. So many things can alter the landscape through the years. But even after all this time, traces of the Winona can still be found. Another example of following the electric poles is between Warsaw and Mentone. The Winona ran at an angle between the two towns and cut through the countryside. Passenger service ceased on the railway in 1934 and then freight was carried on part of the line until 1952. Although the railway had a relatively short span of life, it still changed the way people traveled. And that’s an important part of our transportation history.


Route of the former Winona Interurban Railway near Akron.


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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