Old State Road 15 in New Paris

In the much earlier days of state highways, it was very common for those roads to go through the middle of a town or city. One example is the original version of State Road 15 in Indiana, known today as Old State Road 15. Shown is a photo of Old 15 in New Paris, Elkhart County, looking north from Market Street (I believe that is the correct name of the street). The original version of 15 came through the heart of New Paris and the downtown area. It entered the town from the south after coming through Milford in Kosciusko County, a few miles to the south. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, 15 was rerouted and moved to the west of the railroad tracks. Doing so eliminated having to cross the tracks multiple times. Railroad crossings, still dangerous to a certain extent today, were even more unsafe in those days. I read in the historical accounts of the road being rerouted some downtown business owners were not so thrilled with the road being rerouted as it obviously would reduce traffic in town. But those changes were in the midst of being more common. It should also be noted this stretch of Old 15 was once the Logansport-White Pigeon State Road a long time before it ever became a state highway.


Old State Highway 15 in New Paris, 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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