Former heavy industrial area in Goshen

Maybe you are fairly new to the Goshen area and have wondered just what used to be located near the State Road 15 railroad overpass on the north side of Goshen. This is north of Rock Run Creek and near Mill Street and also west of SR 15. It has a history of being a heavy industrial and-or manufacturing area. XL Furniture was located there many years, as was Banta Furniture. Hettrick Manufacturing Company, which built tents and canvas goods, was also located there. So were other businesses I haven’t named here. There were several railroad spurs or sidings servicing those businesses. If you look closely in the photo, you can see remnants of the past through the tall grass. Norfolk Southern Railroad still runs freight trains daily nearby, but the spurs and sidings are pretty much all gone now. Only remnants remain, including the concrete footings for a bridge across Rock Run Creek. The area is being developed recreationally by the city now. At least it is being used for something now, though it is a reminder of the past of Goshen.

Remnants of the industrial past of the city of Goshen.

Remnants of the industrial past of the city of Goshen.


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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