County road near New Paris was a wagon road

Elkhart County’s present numbering system for county roads dates to the 1920s. Generally speaking, east-west roads have even numbers and north-south roads are odd numbered. The further south you go, the numbers get higher.  Here is County Road 142, west of New Paris. I took the photo while stopped at the intersection with County Road 19 and facing to the east. I had wondered about this particular road before and came to discover it was a wagon road at one time. While looking through old Goshen newspapers I saw a reference to a proposed interurban line intersecting a wagon road just north of New Paris. Using old maps and the narrative in the article, I came to the conclusion CR 142 fit the description. I could picture this being a wagon road in my mind. It would have been a connection point for those living in rural areas to New Paris, which had two railroad lines and the interurban at one time. At the intersection with County Road 21, the alignment was different in the past. It has since been straightened more. Another glimpse into the past of Elkhart County.

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Old wagon road near New Paris 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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