Saturday, July 26, 2014

 This small, detached garage on Goshen's south side serves as a reminder of when cars were smaller and less common.

When cars were smaller and less common, a certain style of detached garage became popular. History blogger Tim Ashley spotted one in Goshen that’s still in great condition and shared some information about it. 

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.
 Another Wabash Railroad remnant, this one in Jackson Township.

You can still find old remnants of the Wabash Railroad in Elkhart County.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.
 This old barn sits near County Roads 45 and 117 in Concord Township.

Local Remnants blogger Tim Ashley digs into the history of this old barn in Concord Township.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 8:08 a.m.
 Site of former Jefferson Township School.
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:48 a.m.

Jefferson Township School once served as an elementary and high school for the area. Though the building no longer stands, a marker commemorates the one-time learning center.

 This old house on State Road 15 in Waterford Mills was originally built by William Violett in 1870.
Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.

The man who built this house in Waterford Mills was related to the man whom Violett Cemetery was named after.

 This detached garage in Whitley County was built in 1925.
Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:06 a.m.

This garage was built in the 1920s, when it was uncommon for homes to have one car at that time, let alone two.

 Former firehouse/pump house in Syracuse.
Posted on June 10, 2014 at 2:44 p.m.

Despite its deceptively small size, a building on Dolan Drive in Syracuse once served as a firehouse and pump house for the town. 

 An original section of Route 66 near Springfield, Illinois.
Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

This week, Tim Ashley strayed from local history to write about sections of Route 66 that remain intact across the region. 

 This building, now a restaurant on State Road 15 in Waterford Mills, was originally an inn when built in the 1840s.
Posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

The building, originally built around 1840, housed weary travelers in its early days. Since then, it’s served a variety of purposes.

 Former carriage house in Goshen.
Posted on May 20, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.

A former carriage house on the fringes of downtown Goshen serves as an interesting representation of the country’s transition from using carriages to driving cars.

 Old Nickel Plate Railroad line in Allen County, near the Whitley County line.
Posted on May 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

When a restored steam locomotive rolled through Elkhart County recently, it caused quite a stir. To get here, it had to travel a section of the old Nickel Plate Railroad line.

 A photo of Rookstool Road taken facing to the west. An old church and cemetery are on the right closer to C.R. 300 East, which is faintly visible in the background.
Posted on May 5, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

Today it's barely a mile in length, if even that long – however, Rookstool Road in Kosciusko County was once part of a longer road.

 Railroad remnant near New Paris
Posted on April 28, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

The Wabash Railroad remnant pictured, which likely alerted automobile drivers they were about to cross the tracks, is near New Paris. If you've seen one like it, let our history blogger Tim Ashley know in the comments below the story.

Tim Ashley
Tim Ashley
Hello, my name is Tim Ashley, and I have lived in Goshen for more than 11 years now. I enjoy reading, researching and writing about local history very much. I particularly enjoy railroad and transportation history, but also other areas, too.

I've written articles for the online exhibit of the Elkhart County Historical Museum, I have published a small book about the history of west Goshen and I am a writer, editor and photographer for a local newspaper.
In my blog I want to share my enjoyment of local history with others by showing glimpses of the past in photos and short articles.

Many of my blog posts are in Elkhart County, but also Kosciusko, Whitley, Huntington, Fulton, Wabash and possibly other counties.

 The photo shows one of the places the Old Elkhart Road crisscrossed the railroad and interurban tracks in Goshen.

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 1:49 p.m.