County Road 44 in Benton Township

County Road 44 in Benton Township, Elkhart County, has an interesting history. The road dates back to the early days of the county when it was once known as Prickett’s Mill to Fort Wayne Road. There were mills in and around the town of Benton and it is reasonable to assume the road was originally built as a means to access those mills. The fact it connected to the Fort Wayne Road, which is essentially what U.S. 33 is now, is also significant because it would have opened up access to more people in an era when many more people lived in rural areas. County Road 44 parallels the Elkhart River in Benton Township. Roads in the early days quite often followed rivers. And for a few miles in Benton Township, the road also at one time ran parallel to the Wabash Railroad,  a railroad no longer in existence. There are several older houses along the road, as well as the Lutheran Cemetery dating to the 1840s.




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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