Sunday, November 23, 2014

Local Remnants


 Old theater building on Main Street in Goshen.

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. 19, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.
 Trace of an old county road in Concord Township.

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. 11, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.
 A building that was once part of the Smith Walbridge Camp.

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

Posted on Nov. 4, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.
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 Former Pierceton High School gym.
Posted on Oct. 29, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

At one time, particularly in small towns, going to a high school basketball game was the thing to do for entertainment and community bonding.

 Remnant of a road on the former Elkhart County Home property.
Posted on Oct. 23, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.

Community blogger Tim Ashley found a vacant road that was once part of the grounds where a county home once stood.

 Old alignment of C.R. 31 in Elkhart County's Jefferson Township.
Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 12:04 p.m.

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. 

 Popular seasonal ice cream stand in South Whitley.
Posted on Oct. 7, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.

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

 The Goshen Sash and Door Company lasted 133 years.
Posted on Sept. 30, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

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.

 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. 

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.