Former Elkhart Road route in Goshen

If you look closely at old maps, you will notice the Old Elkhart Road, the main Goshen to Elkhart route before U.S. 33 was built, crisscrossed the Big Four Railroad (Norfolk Southern today) and the Winona Interurban tracks multiple times. In the early days of automobiles, particularly around 1915 or so, straighter roads were not as common and safety was not as much of a factor. Today railroad crossings are minimized and safety is much more of a factor. And, generally speaking, roads are much straighter. Shown is one of the old crisscross routes near Peddlers Village Road in Goshen. U.S. 33 would be in the background, though it is not so visible in the photo. This old route is now part of a private driveway now. On a side note, this was also the old Lincoln Highway at one time. A reminder of the way people used to travel.

Former route of Old Elkhart Road

Former route of Old Elkhart Road


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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