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Lake Shore Union Depot (Kendallville)

Post by Notch 8 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:25 am

25 Years ago ,

A nearly century-old Kendallville landmark is slowly disappearing along the Con-Rail tracks at the north end of Lincoln Street in Kendallville.
The old Lake Shore Railroad Union Depot is presently being demolished by Dean Brothers Wrecking Crew, Kendallville, under a contract issued from the Toledo. Ohio Conrail office because it was becoming a safety and fire hazrd.
The Union Depot was built in 1888 and opened for business the next year.
The frame for the new facility was built in Elkhart and then transported in sections making the building one of the area's first prefab construction efforts.

Question, does anyone on list have pics of the building ?

Mike

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Post by cjberndt » Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:10 am

Mike:

What is the source of the report you posted? If it's a newspaper, can you give the date and the name of the paper?

There are a lot of photos around of the KVille depot. Many are on popular postcards as well. What specifically are you looking for, and what timeframe? What size, quality, etc.?
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Union Station (Kendallville)

Post by Notch 8 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:19 am

Kendallville News Sun / Years Past Page A7 Saturday Dec,9th 2006

And by the way,

Michigan Southern RR reached Coldwater MI from the east Dec,10 1850 and nothing has been done to the track since !

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Union Station

Post by Notch 8 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:27 am

It would be neat to see a photo when the depot was in service with baggage cart and train order, did REA operate from Kendallville ?
Part of the building must of been a hexagon shape from the foundation that is still left on site, would like to see track diagram also ?
This town was a busy place one upon a time, McCray refrigerators were from Kendallville as well, they boasted as having the largest lighted marqee between Chicago and New York.
Where was the powerplant located on Bixler lake, this was said to generate electricity for the Interurban that ran this area,

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Union Picture

Post by Notch 8 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:40 am

I have no idea from who's collection this came from, my quess is that is from Craigs or Victors..

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Post by cjberndt » Sun Dec 10, 2006 6:55 am

There were two power houses near Bixler Lake. The city had its power house on the west side of the water filtration plant. Coal was delivered by the interurban, possibly until 1937. There was a trestle over Diamond St. and the coal hoppers dumped their loads north of Diamond. I don’t know what happened to the building, but it’s gone now.

The interurban power house was southwest of the lake on what is now the driveway from Sherman St. to the high school. The interurban shut it down in 1923, but it was still standing, vacant, in 1932. I haven’t found the date when it was demolished. The interurban was abandoned to KVille in 1937.
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