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.

Closed railroad crossing serves as reminder of old route between Elkhart and Goshen

When the Old Elkhart Road was the main route between Elkhart and Goshen, it crossed the railroad tracks many times. A closed crossing at Ox Bow Park serves as a reminder of the old path. 

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.

The Old Elkhart Road, known today as Wilden Avenue, County Road 45 or Hammond Avenue depending on where you are, used to be the main driving route between Goshen and Elkhart before U.S. 33 was built. It paralleled the old Big Four Railroad, which was once known as New York Central Railroad and is known today as Norfolk Southern. It also paralleled the Winona Interurban Railway.

Tim Ashley is a history buff who lives in Goshen and works for an area newspaper. You can read more of his work on his community blog for The Elkhart Truth, Local Remnants.

Before the 1920s, it was a lot less safe to drive on the Old Elkhart Road. It had numerous railroad crossings, as it went back and forth across the railroad tracks several times. One can easily imagine that several automobile vs. train crashes occurred – especially considering there were probably not any crossing arms or safety devices commonly found today on rail lines.

Shown in the photo is a former railroad crossing near Ox Bow Park in Elkhart County. It is one of several that were removed many years ago. Today the road is safer to drive on, assuming one pays attention to the road signs and their speeds, of course.

Would you like to become a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth? Get in touch with community manager Ann Elise Taylor at ataylor@elkharttruth.com.

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