Abandoned road was part of Elkhart County Home property

Before government assistance programs, nursing homes, institutions and other facilities, there were county homes. Elkhart County Home was built in 1886 on land now used for Ox Bow County Park. It was a self supporting 113 acre farm and was a massive structure with more than 100 rooms. Included was a hospital and cells in the basement for the mentally insane. Shown is a remnant of a now vacated road that once served a purpose on the county home property. It is among a handful of remnants reminding us of the home’s existence. A few buildings still stand and so does a cemetery with unmarked graves. Elkhart County Home was originally built as a retirement home in an era when few people had the financial means to live in their own homes when they reached a certain age. But eventually it was used for patients who had alcohol and other problems. The county decided to phase it out, also knowing many nursing homes and other facilities were being built, and the county home was closed in 1977. It was later demolished.

Remnant of a road on the former Elkhart County Home property.

Remnant of a road on the former Elkhart County Home property.


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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