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Goshen in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A History of the Winona

Winona Railway Trail

 
 
A History of the Winona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2014
1. A History of the Winona Marker
Inscription. In the early 1900's, Indiana had more miles of electric train lines than any other state in the United States. The lines blossomed primarily at Indianapolis, radiating out to transport people and goods to and from the bustling city. Indianapolis lines ran only as far north as Peru and northern Indiana lines ran only as far south as Goshen. A link between the two quickly became necessary.

In 1910, the link was created: the Winona Interurban Railway Company connected Goshen, Warsaw and Peru with sixty-five miles of trail. This additional line made it possible to travel from Michigan City to Indianapolis and back again in the same day.

In 1926 the line, now the Winona Railway Company, focused less on passenger service and more on freight service. In 1934, passenger service ceased all together. The transportation of eggs, coal, and sand became the main business for the line. Soon after this transition, diesel and gas engines replaced the electric locomotives.

In 1945, competition from the flourishing trucking industry threatened the stability of the Winona Railroad Company. After a difficult seven year period, it was forced to shut down due to financial losses. The final train rain in 1952.
 
Erected by Goshen Parks & Recreation Department.
 
Location.
Close-up of Image on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2014
2. Close-up of Image on Marker
Caption: Photo depicting the Winona Interurban Station as it looked in Goshen during the 1910's.
41° 33.656′ N, 85° 49.569′ W. Marker is in Goshen, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker can be reached from S. Main Street (State Road 15) south of Westwood Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Winona Railway Trail at the southern edge of Goshen College; the above directions are to the driveway to the nearest college parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Goshen IN 46526, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pioneer Dierdorff Cemetery Folk Lore (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goshen College (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Goshen Dam and Millrace Hydraulic Canal (approx. half a mile away); The Engines of the Winona (approx. 0.7 miles away); A History of the Winona / Bethany Christian Schools (approx. one mile away); Violett Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Shanklin Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Waterford Elementary School (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goshen.
 
Additional comments.
1. Identical Marker
This marker is identical to the A History of the Winona marker located on the Winona Railway Trail one mile south.
    — Submitted June 5, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
Winona Railway Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2014
3. Winona Railway Trail
View to the south
The trail occupies the former right-of-way of the Winona Railway

 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
A History of the Winona Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2014
4. A History of the Winona Marker
Note to the right of the marker is a right-of-way (R/W) boundary marker for the Winona Railway
Winona Railway Trail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 28, 2014
5. Winona Railway Trail
View to the north towards Goshen College
This side of the marker provides information
and a map on the Winona Railway Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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