Dirt road near Leesburg connected to the past

Why would there be a dirt road surrounded by paved roads? Probably because the road today is only about a mile long, though it is connected to the past in Kosciusko County. County Road 100 West, near Leesburg, today runs from County Road 600 North to 675 North, turns west, then sharply north before ending at County Road 700 North. It is not a particularly highly traveled road except, of course, for those living in the area. Indications are, though, the road has a long history in the county. County commissioners meeting minutes found in the courthouse show a road was petitioned for and approved in the early years of the county. If you follow the path south of CR 100W even after it stops at CR 600N, it lines up with what is today Prairie Street in Monoquet, a small unincorporated community just north of Warsaw. But at some point the road was vacated, leaving the portion of CR 100W remaining today. I’ve talked to a few people living in the area who have told me there are remnants of a road in a wooded area south of where 100 West ends at 600 North. Also, it should be pointed out the path of this road would have meant the Tippecanoe River did not need to be crossed.

Dirt road near Leesburg in Kosciusko County.

Dirt road near Leesburg in Kosciusko 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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