House was a stagecoach stop in Benton Township

A few weeks ago I posted an entry about a former stagecoach stop in Elkhart County on U.S. 33 at County Road 40. Here’s another one, this time a few miles south down the same U.S. 33. But this one is in Benton Township. Where 33 intersects County Road 137, the short county road will take you past this old two-story house. It is said the house used to be a stagecoach stop. I’ve been told in the upstairs area, at least at one time, there were several hooks, or possibly just nails, hanging on a wall. That would indicate something designed for visitors. The size of the house would also be an indicator it was a stage stop. Weary travelers on the old Fort Wayne Road (now U.S. 33) could easily see the house from the road. The Fort Wayne Road was the route for a major stagecoach line at one time. It was one of the earliest roads in Elkhart County. Even today it is still a heavily traveled road and many still use it to go to Fort Wayne. Stagecoaches were one of the earliest forms of transportation in the county and a few remnants remain, such as this house.

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Old stagecoach stop in Benton Township, 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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