Old garage a sign of Leesburg’s past

Leesburg is a small town in Kosciusko County just north of Warsaw. Heavy automobile traffic passes through everyday on State Road 15. What is now SR 15 is also Main Street in Leesburg. This garage, built in 1901 according to the county property records, sits just off SR 15 between Van Buren and Prairie streets. There is what appears to be an abandoned house out of the photo to the left. Why isn’t the garage closer to the house? According to the county’s GIS, there is a platted alley still existing though it is apparently no longer used. There is no evidence of an alley there and it is simply a grassy area. Old plat maps show the alley also. The garage was built in an time when the horse and buggy was still a primary means of transportation. Leesburg had a train station, too, on the other side of town and there was an interurban station just across Main Street as well. Sometimes an old structure can give a few clues about the way a town once was.

Early 1900s garage in Leesburg.

Early 1900s garage in Leesburg.

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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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