Sunday, December 21, 2014

Local Remnants


Old Railroad duct near warsaw

The railroad line viaduct west of Warsaw was built to accommodate the Pennsylvania Railroad in its heyday.

Posted on Dec. 16, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.
General Crafts building Goshen Local Remnants

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. 10, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.
Leedy Ditch in Elkhart Township.Local Remnants

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. 6, 2014 at 4:31 p.m.
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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.