Bridge for Old Elkhart Road alignment

In the early days of automobile travel, roads were still poorly designed and often crisscrossed railroad tracks multiple times within a few miles. Shown is an old concrete bridge, obviously wide enough for only one vehicle at a time, crossing the Leedy Ditch just off what is now CR 45 in Concord Township, Elkhart County, just east of the CR 17 bridge. This was an old alignment of what was then known as the Lincoln Highway. It was known as the Lincoln Highway before U.S. 33 was built. The road went on to cross the nearby railroad tracks. Now there is a farm field where the road once crossed the tracks.

Bridge crossing Leedy Ditch in Elkhart County

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About historynut11

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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