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Syracuse webster road local remnants

The Syracuse-Webster Road, which was commissioned to connect Goshen and Huntington in the 1830s, appears on some of the county’s oldest maps, community blogger Tim Ashley says.


Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:54 a.m.
Local remnants ohio covered bridge

On a trip to east-central Indiana, community blogger Tim Ashley went on a drive to Preble County, Ohio, to take a look at one of its many covered bridges. He says it’s remarkable the bridge is still in use today, although it’s on a lightly traveled road.


Posted on May 12, 2015 at 6:10 p.m.
Prairie Street S.R. 15 Local Remnants

Today a small service road north of Warsaw connects drivers to businesses, but it once served as an alignment for S.R. 15. Remnants of roads like this one can give us insight into our community’s past, community blogger Tim Ashley says.


Posted on May 5, 2015 at 11:17 a.m.
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Before Hatchery Road was built, McClintic Road provided a way around the southern end of Lake Wawasee, community blogger Tim Ashley says. Now, the shortened road butts into a channel built long after it.

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 11:27 a.m.

Though a series of old wooden poles in Huntington County might not seem historically significant at first glance, they reveal the path of an old interurban railway line that once served as a reliable means of transportation for people living in the area. 

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 1:28 p.m.

When community blogger Tim Ashley spotted an old garage that was built far away from the house it goes with, he wondered what the reason behind the distance was. After digging into historical records, he may have found it.

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.

The Wabash-Erie Canal was a major step forward for northern Indiana, community blogger Tim Ashley says. Its construction meant areas that were virtually inaccessible were opened up to trade and commerce.

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:31 a.m.

Why is there a random dirt road that’s surrounded by modern, paved roads in Kosciusko County? Community blogger Tim Ashley delves into the history of this strange landmark.

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.

When community blogger Tim Ashley happened upon a concrete railroad whistle marker in a location that didn’t match up with the history books, he was a bit stumped. Eventually, he learned the marker is simply serving a new purpose in an unlikely home.

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

In the days before social media and modern technology, train depots were one of the places people gathered to meet, talk and hear the news, community blogger Tim Ashley says. Read on to learn about one that’s still standing in Akron, Fulton County.

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.

While searching for traces of old railroad lines in Fulton County, community blogger Tim Ashley stumbled upon an old, abandoned road bridge — the first he’s seen still standing.

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 5:14 p.m.

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 Feb. 24, 2015 at 12:52 p.m.

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. 

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.


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