Wyland historical marker in River Preserve County Park

This is a good example of why historical markers are sometimes needed. A good history trivia question for Elkhart County would be to ask what significance the Wyland brothers are to local history. Shown is a historical marker in the Baintertown Shelter area of the River Preserve County Park in Elkhart County helping to explain that significance. In 1830, Jonathan Wyland and five of his brothers came to Elkhart County from Ohio. They owned more than 600 acres of land and built a mill race and saw mill. The area became known as Wyland Mills and milling operations were expanded to include a four story grist mill in 1835 and a woolens mill in 1840. The Wyland Mill continued to operate until 1923. Eventually a hydroelectric plant was built in the area and today, of course, this area is part of a large county park. It is just south of Goshen.

Wyland historical marker

Wyland historical marker


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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