Historical Images of Porter County

Nora Stausberger Drives Ceremonial First Spike, Valparaiso & Northern Railway
Chesterton, Indiana

Date: September 20, 1909
Source Type: Photograph
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Air Line News
Postmark: Not applicable
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: Miss Nora Stausberger is seen here driving in the ceremonial first spike on the Valparaiso & Northern Railway line in Chesterton on September 20, 1909; the Chesterton constable is seen behind her. This photograph, looking north, was taken on Valparaiso Street, now known as South Calumet Road, just south of Broadway Avenue. Incorporated in August 1908, the Valparaiso & Northern Railway construction was financed by citizens of Valparaiso and outside investors; the railway was to become one of the feeder lines the the Chicago-New York Electric Air Line Railroad.

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