Valley Line came through Bonneyville Mill area

Here’s another post about the former St. Joseph Valley Railway, also known as the “Valley Line.” This electric interurban railway was an example of sometimes what happened with interurban railways. Big dreams were met with harsh reality and finances couldn’t match the dreams. The Valley Line was meant to connect northern Indiana with Ohio but was never finished and was also never fully electrified. It lasted only about seven years roughly, or from 1911 to around 1918. Poor financing and a poor safety record combined to seal the fate of the railway. Shown in the photo is what is now a mountain bike trail in Bonneyville Mill County Park, east of Bristol in Elkhart County. The railway came through here on its journey in Elkhart County. Do a search and you will find my other posts about the Valley Line. Some interurban lines managed to last 20 or more years, but this one had the odds stacked against it and didn’t last nearly as long.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Remnant of Valley Line in a county park.

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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