Old alignment for State Road 15 in Warsaw

History shows us clearly our roadways change and evolve through time. What was once a valid and needed route may not be so any longer. As those roads change, sometimes traces of the old roads are completely eliminated. But other times, traces of them remain. Such is the case with an old alignment of State Road 15 on the north side of Warsaw in Kosciusko County. This is near the Tippecanoe River and also the small, unincorporated community of Monoquet. Today the road is essentially a service road and connects with a couple of businesses. When it served as the alignment for SR 15, there was also a bridge a little to the west of the current SR 15 bridge across the Tippecanoe River. Old SR 15 was replaced beginning in the late 1920s and early 1930s. As was typical of roads in its era, the old road came through the middle of towns. But times do change and the road was rerouted to bypass many towns (Warsaw is an exception though) and it also eliminated having to cross the nearby railroad tracks as often. Old road alignments provide clues of our past.

Old alignment of a state road in Warsaw.

Old alignment of a state road in Warsaw.


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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