Abandoned road in Union Township of Elkhart County

Prior to the tour of Union Township historical sites last summer in Elkhart County, this abandoned road was pointed out to me. It is at the intersection of county roads 54 and 13 just north of U.S. Highway 6. Today, County Road 54 stops at County Road 13 but previously it went further to the east. It’s fairly obvious there was once a road here with the physical barrier in place and also the ruts showing road traffic in the past. Just out of the picture to the right is Highway 6. I believe at one time CR 54 intersected 6. Looking at old maps shows Highway 6 was realigned and that may have had something to do with why CR 54 was abandoned. On the other side of Highway 6 to the south there is a dirt road now used as a county road that was likely once an original alignment of 6. That will be explained in more detail in a future post.  So we have yet another example of the way the roads once carried traffic in Elkhart County.

Remnant of an old road in Union Township, Elkhart County.

Remnant of an old road in Union Township, Elkhart 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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