Dewey Avenue has long history in Goshen

One of the very few city streets in Goshen running at an angle is Dewey Avenue. The avenue, which runs between West Lincoln Avenue to Berkey Avenue, is not very long. At one time, according to the 1897 Goshen directory, it was known as Beyerle Avenue. Sometime between then and 1900, it was renamed Dewey Avenue. The 1900 U.S. Census report shows a Dewey Avenue in Goshen. The road has quite a long history. The 1861 Elkhart County township plat map indicates an angled road that was likely part of the historic Plymouth-Goshen Trail. That road originally started at the county courthouse in Goshen and part of its route, according to surveyor’s notes, was what is now Dewey Avenue. Angled roads were quite common in the early years of road building. Today we might think it odd a road would not be straighter, but in the early years of road building following the higher ground was more of a necessity because flooding was much more of an obstacle to overcome with equipment that was primitive compared to today’s standards. Dewey Avenue does follow the higher ground and is a reminder of the past in Goshen.

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Dewey Avenue in west 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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