Building once served as a hotel in Claypool

Last summer during a vacation week I was with a couple of friends and we decided to drive down to Claypool, a small town south of Warsaw in Kosciusko County. Two active railroad lines intersect on the south end of town. It’s a good place for  railfans, or train watchers, to take photos or just watch the trains. I noticed a building on the south side of the tracks which had an appearance of perhaps of an old hotel. Notice the way the building is shaped and also the fact it sits so close to the railroad tracks. As I did a little research I discovered, yes, it once was a hotel. It was known at one time as the Showalter Hotel or also the Claypool House. There was a restaurant in the building, too. Of course railroad travelers would use the facilities. Claypool had a train depot at one time. Today the building is perhaps a house or maybe apartments (I’m not really sure). Notice also there was a road leading up to the tracks which has since been vacated. It likely was used to access the hotel and whatever else was on that side of tracks. A slice of history in Kosciusko County.

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Former hotel building by the railroad tracks in Claypool.


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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