Old road alignment near Bristol

State Road 120 in the northern part of Elkhart County has an interesting past and at one time was known as the Toledo Road. A while back I was gathering information about the community of Vistula and discovered there was an old alignment of 120 near Bristol. Just east of town the road crosses a railroad tracks and then there is the Little Elkhart River. If you stop for a couple of minutes and look on the river bank across the way, you will see remnants of an old bridge. Maps from the past show the road meandered more to the northeast than it does now. As is quite common in the history of roadways, they were often straightened more to soften curves and remove angles. So those piles of concrete have a story from the past attached. Note in the background the railroad tracks. This particular railroad line was the first one in Elkhart County.

Remnants of an old bridge near Bristol.

Remnants of an old bridge near Bristol.

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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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