In a previous post I shared some of the history behind the old schoolhouse building in the unincorporated community of Vistula in York Township, Elkhart County. Just north of the old schoolhouse is another building with historical significance. It was built as a hotel along what was then known as the Middlebury Road, today’s County Road 35. William Barker built and operated the Vistula Hotel in 1860. It is just south of the railroad tracks. In its early days, Vistula had a train station and was a stop for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad. Naturally someone thought of the idea to build a hotel and serve the train passengers. History teaches us Vistula never grew as intended and when the Pumpkinvine Railroad was built elsewhere, it eliminated the need for a train depot in Vistula. I’m not sure if the old hotel building is now a house, apartments or a bed and breakfast. But I do know it is one of a small number of buildings built prior to the start of the Civil War and still standing today.