Monthly Archives: July 2011

Middlebury celebrating an anniversary

Middlebury its celebrating its 175th anniversary. The town was chartered in 1836 in the infancy years of Elkhart County. Only¬†a handful of families lived in all of Middlebury Township at the time. Visit the Middlebury Community Historical Museum, 301 W. … Continue reading

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

Taking a break this week from local history remnants, here’s a photo of an old railroad tunnel in the beautiful and scenic rolling hills country of southwestern Wisconsin. It was originally built in 1873 for a railroad line running from … Continue reading

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Old Berkey House

One of the busiest roads on the west side of Goshen, Berkey Avenue, was named after Valentine Berkey. He came to Elkhart County in the 1850s from his home state of Pennsylvania. Berkey served on the county council and was … Continue reading

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Pike Street in Goshen

Before U.S. 33 was built through Goshen in likely the late 1920s or early 1930s, Pike Street, one of the city’s oldest streets, was a main route (it still exists today). This photo shows Pike Street in its old alignment. … Continue reading

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Eel River Railroad

Some people living around South Whitley or in Whitley County recall a now abandoned railroad line once known as the Eel River Railroad. At one time it was owned by the Wabash Railroad and eventually¬†also the Pennsylvania Railroad. Shown are … Continue reading

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