Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 Old alignment of C.R. 31 in Elkhart County's Jefferson Township.

As community blogger Tim Ashley was driving between Goshen and Middlebury one day, he noticed an odd, narrow stretch of road. It turns out this used to be an alignment of C.R. 31. 

Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.
 Popular seasonal ice cream stand in South Whitley.

Carol’s Corner Drive-In, which serves hot dogs, sandwiches and ice-cream, has been at its location in South Whitley since 1951.

Posted on Oct. 7, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.
 The Goshen Sash and Door Company lasted 133 years.

The Goshen Sash and Door Company, which made doors, blinds and related products for 133 years, closed down in the winter of 2002-2003. The factory building, which employed many Elkhart County workers during its time, still stands.

Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.
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 Former railroad bridge in Middlebury Township.
Posted on Sept. 23, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

A railroad bridge in Middlebury Township, which was built around 1900, turned into part of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail with time’s passing.

 This stretch of road, now known as C.R. 43, was once an alternate route for S.R. 13 in Elkhart County.
Posted on Sept. 16, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.

Once, C.R. 43 in Elkhart County was an alternate route for S.R. 13 known as S.R. 13A. Here’s a look at how the road has evolved in response to other changes time has brought to the area.

 Former one-room schoolhouse in York Township.
Posted on Sept. 9, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.

A building that once served as a one-room schoolhouse for children in York Township still stands today and has been repurposed as a family home.

 A remnant of Steer Inn restaurant still stands in Kosciusko County.
Posted on Sept. 3, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.

Once, Steer Inn was a popular steakhouse in Kosciusko County. Though it closed, a sign still stands along State Road 15 as a reminder of its time there.

 Former railroad crossing near Ox Bow Park.
Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.

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. 

 Red barn in a neighborhood in South Whitley.
Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

A red barn nestled among residential properties in South Whitley looks out of place at first, but a little research shows it was there long before the houses were. 

 Historic farmhouse along the old National Road in Wayne County.
Posted on Aug. 12, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.

The Huddleston Farmhouse, which was built in 1841, provided a much-needed refuge for those making their way down a road that was difficult to travel. 

 This building was once a school in Concord Township.
Posted on Aug. 5, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

The building, which is located in Concord Township, served as a school from about 1876 until 1919.

 Wabash Railroad remnant in Benton Township.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

A few pieces of the Wabash Railroad, which used to run through Elkhart County, remain in Benton Township. 

 This small, detached garage on Goshen's south side serves as a reminder of when cars were smaller and less common.
Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.

When cars were smaller and less common, a certain style of detached garage became popular. History blogger Tim Ashley spotted one in Goshen that’s still in great condition and shared some information about it. 

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.