Monthly Archives: June 2019

Remnant of Valley Line route near Middlebury

When it came to electric interurban railways, history shows there were some big dreamers with big plans. But the imagination for some proved to be larger than the wallet and, quite often, interurban railways were never started or once started, … Continue reading

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Old church is still a place of worship

On State Road 14 in the small, unincorporated community of Collamer sits an old church dating to about 1890. Collamer, once with at least a few businesses no longer there, is just west of South Whitley in Whitley County. The … Continue reading

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Ice cream shop was an interurban station

Lagro is a small community in Wabash County. Last fall I was with a couple of friends and we stopped at a few historical sites in Lagro, including this building on Basin Street. Now it is Lagro Interurban Collectibles & … Continue reading

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Car dealership building served as depot

St. Joseph Valley Traction Company, also known as the “Valley Line,” was a short-lived interurban railway that passed through Elkhart County. Only part of the line was electric, the rest of it utilized gas powered cars. This line was never … Continue reading

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Former Brethren church now a house

Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren was built in 1867 on what later became County Road 8, northwest of Middlebury in York Township, Elkhart County. The church grew out of the Rock Run Church, which had been formed out of … Continue reading

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