It was once the Logansport-White Pigeon Road

Of course it goes without saying much has changed in the state road system since the early days of statehood for Indiana. In the 1830s, for example, waterways were still likely the most efficient means of transportation. Trains did not exist, at least in northern Indiana, at that time. Roads were still in the primitive stages. The state commissioned several state roads, though there was no state highway department. Often the roads connected courthouses or some other important locations. One in particular was the Logansport-White Pigeon State Road. As the name implies, it connected White Pigeon, Mich., with Logansport in Indiana. The road passed through Elkhart and Kosciusko counties, among other counties. County Road 22 in Elkhart County was part of the route, as was what became Old State Road 15. The photo shows a stretch of today’s State Road 15 south of Waterford Mills in Elkhart County near the Elkhart River. This portion of 15 has actually been 15 since the state numbering system of the 1920s. Nearby to the south Old 15 veers off and runs through the middle of New Paris and keeps to the south, going past Milford Junction and then through Milford. A portion of it was vacated a few years ago at Milford Junction near the big agriculture plant. The Logansport-White Pigeon State Road was commissioned in the 1830s.

Logansport-White Pigeon Road-Goshen 001

Today’s State Road 15 in this stretch just south of Goshen was the Logansport-White Pigeon State Road many years ago.

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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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