Wabash canal local remnants

Though a series of old wooden poles in Huntington County might not seem historically significant at first glance, they reveal the path of an old interurban railway line that once served as a reliable means of transportation for people living in the area. 

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 11:27 a.m.
Local remnants garage S.R. 15 leesburg

When community blogger Tim Ashley spotted an old garage that was built far away from the house it goes with, he wondered what the reason behind the distance was. After digging into historical records, he may have found it.

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 1:28 p.m.
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The Wabash-Erie Canal was a major step forward for northern Indiana, community blogger Tim Ashley says. Its construction meant areas that were virtually inaccessible were opened up to trade and commerce.

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.
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Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:31 a.m.

Why is there a random dirt road that’s surrounded by modern, paved roads in Kosciusko County? Community blogger Tim Ashley delves into the history of this strange landmark.

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.

When community blogger Tim Ashley happened upon a concrete railroad whistle marker in a location that didn’t match up with the history books, he was a bit stumped. Eventually, he learned the marker is simply serving a new purpose in an unlikely home.

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

In the days before social media and modern technology, train depots were one of the places people gathered to meet, talk and hear the news, community blogger Tim Ashley says. Read on to learn about one that’s still standing in Akron, Fulton County.

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.

While searching for traces of old railroad lines in Fulton County, community blogger Tim Ashley stumbled upon an old, abandoned road bridge — the first he’s seen still standing.

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 5:14 p.m.

If you ever see a long driveway in a rural area — particularly a gravel one — there’s a chance it was once a road, community blogger Tim Ashley says.

Posted on Feb. 24, 2015 at 12:52 p.m.

A building sitting at the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and S.R. 15 was once a prime location for early automobile drivers to fill up, community blogger Tim Ashley says. It was likely opened in the 1930s. 

Posted on Feb. 18, 2015 at 2:56 p.m.

From the early 1870s to the mid-1920s, Wabash was an important railroad town, community blogger Tim Ashley says. Read on for a bit about the area’s place in railroad history.

Posted on Feb. 10, 2015 at 1:26 p.m.

The remnants of old roads can offer us clues to an area’s past, community blogger Tim Ashley says. One in Tippecanoe Township shows the way roads had to be built before draining low-lying, marshy areas was an option.

Posted on Feb. 4, 2015 at 5:27 p.m.

The railroad line was built as part of a post-Civil War effort to connect the country by train, community blogger Tim Ashley says.

Posted on Jan. 27, 2015 at 3:47 p.m.

The railroad trestle, which is located in Middlebury, is an excellent example of how historic structures can be preserved for modern purposes.

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.