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.

1920s detached garage in South Whitley was unusual even when it was built

This garage was built in the 1920s, when it was uncommon for homes to have one car at that time, let alone two.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:06 a.m.

In South Whitley, Whitley County, there are several older houses built in the later 1800s that are still standing. Some of these still have old detached garages standing, too.

This detached garage in the 200 block of North State Street, also State Road 5, was built in about 1925, according to county property records found online.

It doesn’t look very big by today’s standards, but 1920s automobiles were generally not as big and it would have been far more uncommon for a household to have more than one car. In fact, for a house to even have one car was still unusual in that decade.

The house was built in about 1890, so one wonders if the garage replaced a carriage or buggy house or if it was renovated into an automobile garage in the 1920s.

State Road 5 itself is historical as it is part of what was once the Goshen-Huntington State Road.

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