Ghost community of Locke in Elkhart County

Elkhart County, and other counties, has several “ghost” communities. They were actually platted and may at one time have had several businesses and residents, but today have little, if anything. One example is Locke, Locke Township, north of Nappanee roughly along County Road 50. According to history accounts, Locke was first laid out in 1867 by three men. Originally the town seemed destined to become a business point and at one time there was a dry goods store, grocery store, hardware store, tin shop, furniture store, boot and shoe shops, a sawmill, a wagon shop, blacksmith shops and more. But then the people of Locke started paying attention in about 1875 when Nappanee was platted. It grew and no doubt a main reason why was the B & O Railroad decided to come through Nappanee instead of Locke. There are many examples of this in our history. One town hoped for and expected the railroad to come their way, but instead it went elsewhere. Locke could not hold its own as a town and many of the businesses went instead to Nappanee.Today there is not much at all in Locke except a few houses and possibly a few businesses.


Ghost community of Locke near Nappanee 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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