Barn in Concord Township a testimony to days gone by

I try to get photos of and find the story behind old barns such as this one, especially when the area around it has developed through time and makes the barn stand out more. This barn sits off the road a bit near the intersection of county roads 45 and 117 in Concord Township, Elkhart County. Plat maps showing previous owners of the property show Guy Rieth once lived on this farm. County property roads show the barn and the house were built in 1930, the same year Rieth died at the age of 53. He was born in Jackson Township and was a well known farmer according to his obituary. CR 117 has some history behind it, too, as it was the original route across the Elkhart River prior to what is now Old County Road 17 being built. There was a beautiful steel bridge across the river removed in the late 1970s. The road was realigned and a new bridge built to the west of the old one. The newer bridge is still in use today.

Barn at CR 117 and CR 45 003

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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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