Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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.

Illinois stretch of Route 66 remains intact, drivable

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

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

Tim Ashley is a local history buff who has written a book about the history of west Goshen and makes a living as an editor, reporter and photographer at a local paper. He’s a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth, and you can read more of his work on his blog, Local Remnants.

I don’t do this often, but I’m going to stray this week from local history to something more commonly known on a national level.

If you are at all familiar with famous American highways, Route 66 is likely one of the first ones that comes to mind. Opened in the 1920s, Route 66 essentially stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to ride on a 100 mile stretch of Route 66 in Illinois. With the exception of a few miles on an interstate highway, you can still drive on old alignments of Route 66 in Illinois. It is well marked and well promoted, too.

Pictured is a portion of the original Route 66, which is now on the edge of a park and is a rest area in Sherman near Springfield. The two-lane highway design is preserved, along with an original cross-section with curbing and the original road surface. Simply put, it gives us a peek into the vintage road known by many as the Mother Road.

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