Ditch has more than 100 year history

A ditch may not seem like it has much historical significance, but it can make a big difference in how excessive or runoff water is handled. And more than 100 years ago, engineering and technology was not what it is today. The Leedy Ditch in Elkhart County, dates to October 1913 when Henry Leedy petitioned the county commissioners for a drain in Harrison, Elkhart and Concord townships. The ditch was then built by shovel, teams and scrapers. Leedy Ditch has its terminus at the Elkhart River in the southeast corner of Concord Township. It made a big difference because it opened up lands for cultivation of crops that previously were not conducive to crop growing. Standing water is still a problem in some areas today, but in 1913 it was even more of a problem. It should also be noted the portion in Concord Township was an improvement and enlargement of an old drain of many years standing between the tracks of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad and the Winona Interurban line. The ditch was relocated by the drainage commissioners. The photo was taken standing along West Clinton Street, just east of Old County Road 17 in Goshen.

Leedy Ditch in Elkhart Township, Elkhart County.

Leedy Ditch in Elkhart Township, 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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