Former stagecoach stop near Goshen

When thinking of transportation history for Elkhart County, often the railroad comes to mind first and rightly so. It came on the scene in the 1850s and has a long history locally. But there was a form of transportation before the railroads. Stagecoaches. Yes, they existed in the Midwest and not just in an old Western movie. They started operating in roughly the 1830s. The photo shows a house built in the 1860s for Israel and Rose Hess that was once a stop on a stagecoach route. It is located on U.S. 33, just south of Goshen near County Road 40 in Elkhart County. What is now U.S. 33 was once known as the Fort Wayne Road and was a route used by the stagecoach operating between Goshen and Fort Wayne. This route would have been important especially because Fort Wayne was the closest banking town. It is said some of the rooms in the house were named after stops on the stagecoach route. Now the house is a private residence I believe, though at one time it served as a bed and breakfast.

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A former stop on a stagecoach route in 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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