Thursday, March 5, 2015

Local Remnants


Turkey Creek Township road remnant Local remnants

If you ever see a long driveway in a rural area — particularly a gravel one — there’s a chance it was once a road, community blogger Tim Ashley says.

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 5:14 p.m.
Local Remnants building at 16 and 6 gas station

A building sitting at the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and S.R. 15 was once a prime location for early automobile drivers to fill up, community blogger Tim Ashley says. It was likely opened in the 1930s. 

Posted on Feb. 24, 2015 at 12:52 p.m.
Wabash railroad remnant Local Remnants

From the early 1870s to the mid-1920s, Wabash was an important railroad town, community blogger Tim Ashley says. Read on for a bit about the area’s place in railroad history.

Posted on Feb. 18, 2015 at 2:56 p.m.
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The remnants of old roads can offer us clues to an area’s past, community blogger Tim Ashley says. One in Tippecanoe Township shows the way roads had to be built before draining low-lying, marshy areas was an option.

Posted on Feb. 4, 2015 at 5:27 p.m.

The railroad line was built as part of a post-Civil War effort to connect the country by train, community blogger Tim Ashley says.

Posted on Jan. 27, 2015 at 3:47 p.m.

The railroad trestle, which is located in Middlebury, is an excellent example of how historic structures can be preserved for modern purposes.

Posted on Jan. 20, 2015 at 2:05 p.m.

Though old road bridges that haven’t been rebuilt are hard to find, many railroad bridges are still in their original states, community blogger Tim Ashley says. One bridge in Warsaw, which was built in the 1920s, is still in use today.

Posted on Jan. 13, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.

Just south of Syracuse in Kosciusko County, one of the original alignments of the state road is today’s Waco Drive, community blogger Tim Ashley says.

Posted on Jan. 7, 2015 at 7:00 a.m.
It is also known as the “Big Four Cut.” In the mid to late 1890s, strong backs and hands, dynamite and mules combined
Posted on Jan. 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.

If you drive through rural northern Indiana much, you’re bound to come across an old cemetery or two. One of the oldest in the area, Cornell Cemetery, was established in about 1834.

Posted on Dec. 26, 2014 at 1:49 p.m.

Since Elkhart County’s early years, a number of roads have been vacated or abandoned, community blogger Tim Ashley says. With the help of an old map, he was recently able to track one of them down.

Posted on Dec. 16, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.

The railroad line viaduct west of Warsaw was built to accommodate the Pennsylvania Railroad in its heyday.

Posted on Dec. 10, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

The historic building has been used for a variety of purposes throughout the years, including machinery manufacturing and the making of cement blocks. Though records are a little unclear, it looks like the building was built between 1896 and 1901. 

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.