Before many of them were shut down for safety reasons, railroad crossings on private land were quite common, community blogger Tim Ashley says. However, one still remains on a stretch of farmland near New Paris.
Along the Little Elkhart River near Bristol, a pile of stones forms a scattered structure on the bank. At one point, this marked the spot where a bridge crossed the water.
The cemetery was founded on land owned by the son of Elkhart County’s first assessor, who settled on the prairie in 1830, community blogger Tim Ashley says.