Roadside stop

Some may be old enough to remember the roadside rest stops along the old federal highways or state highways. A few of the rest stops may have had a pay phone or public restrooms, but many simply had a picnic table or two and a trash can and there wasn’t room for more than a few people at a time to take a break from driving. Shown is what is left of one along State Road 15, just north of U.S. Highway 6 in Elkhart County, south of New Paris.

Former rest stop along State Road 15


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My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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2 Responses to Roadside stop

  1. Phil says:

    I’m curious; this appears to be very near to where the Winona Railroad went through on the east side of SR 15. Did this rest area get put in place after the railroad was abandoned and removed, or did it just run very close the tracks?

    • historynut11 says:

      Phil, I appreciate your comment and you do bring up a good point. I know the Winona Railroad was not abandoned until the early 1950s when freight service ceased and I’m guessing the roadside stop was already there by then, but I honestly don’t know that for sure. But I have seen photos of the Winona and it appeared to run fairly close to the set of RR tracks still there now.

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