Traces of old road in Tippecanoe Township

By now you’ve noticed I’m interested in remnants showing the existence of former roads. These remnants can give clues to the past of a particular area, such as why did a road meander and not go straight? Shown is a remnant of an old road in Tippecanoe Township, near Lake Tippecanoe and North Webster in Kosciusko County. The photo was taken just off what is now County Road 500 East, north of County Road 650 North, which now follows the lake for at least a while. But at one time in the past, what is now 650 North stopped at 500 East and did not go any further west. There was a short road, though, which angled and connected 500 with 650. What is seen in this photo are remnants of that old road. I’m not sure what purpose the road served other than a shortcut, but a 1879 county atlas shows there was some marshy land in that area. At that time, before drainage methods were prominent, roads were built to avoid wet, low lying marshy areas. The angled road cut through the Henwood family property. There are Henwoods still living on that land today. Essentially the remnants today are parts of private driveways.

Abandoned road in Tippecanoe Township near Lake Tippecanoe.

Abandoned road in Tippecanoe Township near Lake Tippecanoe.

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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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