Old alignment of Armstrong Road near Leesburg

County Road 500 North, also known to many as Armstrong Road, is one of those angled roads that runs essentially west-east from Leesburg in Kosciusko County. It begins at Old State Road 15 near Leesburg Elementary School and runs east for quite a few miles. It is said Armstrong Road basically follows an old Indian trail and this is confirmed by looking at a map of those old trails. A couple of miles east of Leesburg, the road takes a curve. There is what is now a private drive going straight where the road curves. Naturally I became curious and started looking at old township maps. Sure enough I confirmed the road once went straight. One can wonder why the road would be changed to a curve at that spot, but it probably had something to do with ownership of land and road right of way. When I stopped to take photos, I tried to spot any clues in a wooded area nearby without trespassing on private property, but it was too overgrown to really see anything. I’ve found several of these old road remnants and I’m sure there are many more to be discovered. Together they give us a picture of old road alignments.

Remnant of Armstrong Road near Leesburg.

Remnant of Armstrong Road near Leesburg.


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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One Response to Old alignment of Armstrong Road near Leesburg

  1. Linda Kelch says:

    Interesting. Thank you for taking the time

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