Old alignment of County Road 31 in Elkhart County

One day while driving on County Road 22 between Goshen and Middlebury in Elkhart County I noticed this quite long lane coming off CR 22. Private driveways are connected to it. After checking old maps, sure enough I later discovered this was an old alignment of what is now County Road 31. CR 31, for at least a while, is essentially now the dividing line between Jefferson and Middlebury townships. It now goes to the east of the Cornell Cemetery. But according to older maps, particularly the 1874 and 1929 county atlas maps, the road once meandered to the northwest a bit and was on the other side of the cemetery. A later map shows the road was vacated, but it is not clear when it ceased being an active county road. Notice the shorter width of the old road. Today it is a reminder of narrower roads in the past traveled by horses pulling wagons or buggies and later the early versions of automobiles that were not as big as today’s models.

Old alignment of CR 31 in Elkhart County.

Old alignment of CR 31 in Elkhart County.


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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