A History of the Winona

A History of the Winona (HM1EQU)

Location: Goshen, IN 46526 Elkhart County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 33.656', W 85° 49.569'

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Winona Railway Trail

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.
Placed ByGoshen Parks & Recreation Department
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 5:36pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 597881 N 4601694
Decimal Degrees41.56093333, -85.82615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 33.656', W 85° 49.569'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 33' 39.36" N, 85° 49' 34.14" W
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Area Code(s)574
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 226-232 Winona Railway Trail, Goshen IN 46526, US
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