Waco Drive was once State Road 13

State Road 13 is a north-south state highway routed through Elkhart and Kosciusko counties, among others. It was originally built in the late 1920s or early 1930s depending on the location. Just south of Syracuse in Kosciusko County one of the original alignments of the state road is today’s Waco Drive. This photo was taken near the The Sleepy Owl supper club and shows Waco Drive looking to the north. It intersects with the current alignment of SR 13. The original alignment of SR 13 near Lake Wawasee was closer to the lake than it is now. Waco might be a familiar word to some as there was once a Waco Dance Hall (no longer standing) at Lake Wawasee. Old maps clearly show Waco Drive was an original alignment of the state road.

Waco Drive south of Syracuse.

Waco Drive south of Syracuse.


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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