knee deep in mud along the Yellowstone Trail

I was coming back from northwest Indiana and wanted to snap a picture of the Cities Service Station in Wanatah (see earlier picture). I decided to drive into Wanatah since I had never visited and the catholic church tower always drew my interest. Wanatah means "knee deep in mud" in Native American tongue.......seriously.

I drove into town and was making a loop back to U.S. 30 when I drove through a downtown intersection that caused my "historic roads radar" to go off. Something seemed strange about the change in pavement material and width and the directness of the route in and out of town and the commercial buildings along it. I thought, could this be an old alignment of the Lincoln Highway? So I drove east out of town, under U.S. 41 and came to a T and saw that I was traveling the old Yellowstone Trail due to some excellent signage. I took the trail all the way to Plymouth.

What is the Yellowstone Trail? It dates to 1912 as a route that brought travelers across the country with Yellowstone National Park being the main draw. The Trail predates the Lincoln Highway by a year and was created under the same method.

Go to for more history on the route and maps to the trail in Indiana. Attached are some pictures from the trip that proved the steel bridge from a previous post was a part of the Yellowstone Trail. More travel is watching for more pictures.


Anonymous said…
Great barn. Is that a railroad bridge?
hoosier reborn said…
The barn is one of the most interesting I have seen for later period barn construction. ca. 1925? The steel bridge is a road bridge; the foreground bridge is a Penn RR bridge.

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