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.

Former Syracuse firehouse serves as reminder of firefighting’s past

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

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 2:44 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.

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.

Would you like to become one of The Elkhart Truth’s community bloggers? Get in touch with our community manager, Ann Elise Taylor, at ataylor@elkharttruth.com with a little information about yourself and what you’d like to blog about.

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