Rookstool Road once part of longer road

Today it is barely a mile in full length, if even that long. But Rookstool Road in Kosciusko County was once part of a longer road. It presently runs from County Road 300 East in Van Buren Township, east of Milford, to County Road 1050 North. Looking at older maps, though, shows Rookstool Road was once part of a road simply known as the Leesburg-Syracuse Road. Prior to the early 1900s, 300 East (also known to some as Dewart Lake Road), did not go straight through north and south as it does now. It stopped where Rookstool Road is now, likely due to excessively swampy or marshy low lying land, and then jogged to the east. About a quarter mile or so from there it turned back south again. Actually a very faint trace of that road is still visible in a wooded area there now. But old maps clearly show a Leesburg to Syracuse route that included what is now 300 East, part of Rookstool Road, 900 North and others. Of course roads changed and evolved through time and roads eventually became more direct.

A photo of Rookstool Road facing to the west. An old cemetery and church are closer to County Road 300 East, faintly visible in the background.

A photo of Rookstool Road facing to the west. An old cemetery and church are closer to County Road 300 East, faintly visible in the background.

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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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