I try to get photos of and find the story behind old barns such as this one, especially when the area around it has developed through time and makes the barn stand out more.
Tim Ashley, one of The Elkhart Truth’s community bloggers, is a history buff who lives in Goshen and works for an area newspaper.
This barn sits off the road a bit near the intersection of County Roads 45 and 117 in Concord Township, Elkhart County. Plat maps showing previous owners of the property reveal Guy Rieth once lived on this farm. County property roads show the barn and the house were built in 1930, the same year Rieth died at the age of 53.
He was born in Jackson Township and was a well known farmer according to his obituary.
C.R. 117 has some history behind it, too, as it was the original route across the Elkhart River prior to what is now Old County Road 17 being built. There was a beautiful steel bridge across the river removed in the late 1970s. The road was realigned and a new bridge built to the west of the old one. The newer bridge is still in use today.