Cabin Hill was in Harrison Township

Part of the interesting history of Elkhart County involves the several small “ghost” communities which no longer exist except in a history book or in someone’s memory. Many of them had nothing much except maybe a post office and a few businesses, if that many. One example is Cabin Hill. It was located in Harrison Township of Elkhart County, west of Goshen along what is now State Road 119, but was once the Plymouth-Goshen Trail. More precisely, the closest intersecting road today would be County Road 38. It is known for certain Cabin Hill had a post office. It was established in about 1840 and was still in existence in the 1850s according to an official field guide of post office locations. Eventually, though, the post office was closed and moved west to nearby Southwest, also in Harrison Township. There may have been other businesses in Cabin Hill, but other than references to a stagecoach stop I haven’t seen any documentation on businesses. I did an online search and found an obituary for a man named George Apple, who lived at Cabin Hill. It noted he was an undertaker, so there may have been at least one business. A stagecoach stop would have made sense because stagecoaches delivered the mail.

Stagecoach Stop on SR 119-Harrison Township 001

Site of Cabin Hill, former post office and stagecoach stop 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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