Old U.S. 33 in Elkhart County

In Elkhart County, the Lincoln Highway stands out among historic roads. It has been written about extensively and well publicized. Much of the old road has been marked with signage indicating its historical significance. Note the original route of the Lincoln Highway went through Elkhart County beginning in 1913. The highway was later rerouted in the late 1920s and taken out of Elkhart County with a more direct east-west route. Shown is a photo of Old U.S. 33 in Elkhart County a few miles south of Benton. This would have been the Lincoln Highway. This segment was later replaced by a different route of 33. When I took the photo I was facing south and off in the distance you can faintly see Old 33 intersects with the current U.S. 33. As a reminder, roads in the early days of automobiles were not designed for cars traveling at a high rate of speed like today. Cars had much slower top speeds then. A piece of transportation/road history in Elkhart County.

CR 148 and Old U.S. 33-Benton Twp 005

Old U.S. 33 south of Benton 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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