Brick street remnant in Goshen

Last week I posted a stop on the Goshen Historical Society walking tour in June 2015 and here is another stop. Shown is a portion of exposed red paving bricks where an alley intersects Washington Street between Second and Third streets in Goshen. Bricks like these were once the surface level of streets in many towns and cities, including Goshen. Brick streets were common in pre-automobile days and even after the automobile came on the scene. Today, of course, asphalt is the common mode of surfacing streets. There are still a few places, though, where bricks are the main surface such as part of Sixth Street in Goshen. One of the streets in Leesburg in Kosciusko County still has bricks. I’m sure there are probably others too. During the walking tour, we were told a large pile of bricks had been dug up during a construction project on Jefferson Street. Some bricks likely remain in many places underneath the asphalt surface. A reminder of the past in Goshen and elsewhere.

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Exposed patch of bricks on a street in Goshen.

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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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