Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Local Remnants


Railroad trestle Elkhart County Local Remnants

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. 27, 2015 at 3:47 p.m.
Warsaw Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge Local Remnants

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. 20, 2015 at 2:05 p.m.
Waco Drive Local Remnants

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. 13, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.
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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. 

Posted on Dec. 6, 2014 at 4:31 p.m.

The Leedy Ditch may not seem like it has much historical significance, but its creation in 1913 allowed for more land to be cultivated in Elkhart County. 

Posted on Dec. 5, 2014 at 3:46 p.m.

A Vistula building constructed in 1860 originally served as a hotel for passengers traveling along the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway. It’s still standing today and is one of few area buildings built prior to the Civil War.

Posted on Nov. 19, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

The Goshen Theater – once called the Jefferson Theater – on Goshen’s Main Street stayed open longer than other theaters of the time were able to, community blogger Tim Ashley says.

Posted on Nov. 11, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

Community blogger Tim Ashley says old right of way maps of local townships are wonderful resources for discovering vacated roads and old road alignments. Recently, he found the remnants of a road that ran parallel to C.R. 115.

Posted on Nov. 4, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

The Smith Walbridge Camp once attracted thousands of young, aspiring musicians for specialized marching band training.

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.