Old Alignment of Highway 6 in Marshall County

Admittedly, I have posted a lot on this blog about old alignments of roads, whether county, state or federal. From my perspective, when put together they help solve the puzzle of our past. They also show, again when pieced together, the traffic patterns of the past. Shown is a photo of an old alignment of U.S. Highway 6 in Marshall County, west of Nappanee. The pic was taken facing to the west and not far from where the Plymouth-Goshen Trail (a historic road itself) intersects Highway 6. Note the shape of the roadbed off in the distance, though obviously the grass has hidden it to a certain degree. Highway 6 was built in roughly the early 1930s during a period of significant road construction not only in Indiana, but also nationally. Road projects put a lot of people to work who had lost jobs during the Great Depression. The highway has been altered off and on through the years. But here is at least one remaining piece of the past of a heavily traveled highway in northern Indiana.

Hwy 6 Alignment By Plymouth-Goshen Trail 001

Old alignment of U.S. 6 west of Nappanee.

 

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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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