Building in York Township was once a hotel

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.

A former hotel building in the community of Vistula.

A former hotel building in the community of Vistula.



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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2 Responses to Building in York Township was once a hotel

  1. toctolssica says:

    That’s my family’s house! Cool! We’ve got some other details about the house if you’re interested.

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