Bill Firstenberger on History Hike

Ruthmere Museum Executive Director Bill Firstenberger stands by one of the History Hike locations on and around Island Park in Elkhart. The hike lets people use smartphones to learn the history of specific locations and access exercise videos.

ELKHART — It’s an actual stroll down Memory Lane. The Ruthmere Museum’s new History Hike gives people a chance to learn what shaped the area they’re walking through, thanks to 25 new markers on the paths around the junction of the St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers.

The tour lets people exercise while learning the history of specific sites along the path. Stop No. 2, for instance, is located by the Main Street McDonald’s. By pulling up that site on HistoryHike.org or the PocketSights app, participants will see a picture and learn about the building that used to stand in that location: The mansion of Philo Morehouse, who was an early settler in Elkhart and established the city’s first bank in 1854.

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