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.
On Dolan Drive, just south of Main Street in Syracuse, sits a small building that doesn’t particularly stand out in any way.
However, it is a piece of history for the town of Syracuse.
It once served as a firehouse and pump house for Syracuse. According to Kosciusko County property records found online, the wood frame building was originally built in 1919. The town still owns the building, according to those same property records.
The size of the building may be confusing, but remember firetrucks were not as big in those days. And typically, in a small town such as Syracuse, there was only one truck used for fire runs much of the time.
I believe the building has been used for storage, but I’m not quite sure what it is used for presently. Dolan Drive has some history too, as it is located where a mill race used to be that provided water power for the town.
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