Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Local Remnants


local remnants old whistle marker

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 30, 2015 at 10:34 a.m.
Akron Fulton County train station local remnants

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 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Fulton County bridge local remnants

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 11, 2015 at 5:00 a.m.
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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. 

Posted on Feb. 18, 2015 at 2:56 p.m.

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. 10, 2015 at 1:26 p.m.

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.

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.