Remnant road in West Goshen Cemetery

Sometimes history is more obvious, but sometimes it isn’t so obvious. I’ve been in West Goshen Cemetery a few times but it took me a while to arrive at the conclusion there is a remnant of the old Plymouth-Goshen Trail in the cemetery. It’s now used as a driveway for the cemetery and is on the east end of the cemetery and runs north-south. If you follow the road to the north on your way out of the cemetery it is fairly close to what is now Dewey Avenue, the angling road. I noticed on an 1861 Elkhart County map a road including what is now Dewey Avenue (which also used to be part of the Plymouth-Goshen Trail) but then running south all the way to what is now State Road 119. It was to the west of what is now Indiana Avenue. Keep in mind the original part of West Goshen Cemetery is in the southeast corner. Recently I came across a pamphlet for West Goshen Cemetery provided by the Goshen Historical Society. In the pamphlet, it references a “dividing road” and, based on that description, the driveway is a good fit. The driveway also runs parallel to a ridge. There is a good sized drop off and it was quite typical in the early years of the county for roads to take the higher ground. The Plymouth-Goshen Trail was surveyed and then built in the 1830s, so this is part of very old local history. I am not sure what the pillar or post is that you can see in the photo. Maybe a reader knows?


Remnant of Plymouth-Goshen Trail in West Goshen Cemetery.


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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