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.

A short history of Old Elkhart Road – the former main route between Goshen and Elkhart

In the early days of automobiles, Old Elkhart Road served as the main route between Goshen and Elkhart. Read on to find out a bit about its history and why it's no longer used.


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

If you look closely at old maps, you will notice the Old Elkhart Road, the main Goshen to Elkhart route before U.S. 33 was built, crisscrossed the Big Four Railroad (Norfolk Southern today) and the Winona Interurban tracks multiple times. In the early days of automobiles, particularly around 1915 or so, straighter roads were not as common and safety was not as much of a factor. Today railroad crossings are minimized and safety is much more of a factor. And, generally speaking, roads are much straighter. Shown is one of the old crisscross routes near Peddlers Village Road in Goshen. U.S. 33 would be in the background, though it is not so visible in the photo. This old route is now part of a private driveway now. On a side note, this was also the old Lincoln Highway at one time. A reminder of the way people used to travel.


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