House originally a hotel in Leesburg

The small, unincorporated town of Leesburg in Kosciusko County has some interesting historical buildings still standing. It is also one of the few towns with brick streets still in place. One of the oldest remaining buildings is this house on Van Buren Street, which is a main drag in town. Admittedly this is not the best quality photo, but I did the best I could at the time. Apparently this building is on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the application to be placed on the register, the building was originally built as a hotel in about 1865. It is of the Greek Revival style and was altered on the inside and with a front porch and rear addition around 1910. Hardboard siding was added in the 1930s or 1940s. A hotel would have likely garnered some good business at one time in Leesburg. The old Big Four Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) had a depot in Leesburg just a couple of blocks or so to the east. Passengers needing a place to stay overnight could get off at the depot and even walk to the hotel. And there was also the Winona Interurban Railway on the other side of the town and roughly the same distance away. Today the building is a house reminding us of the past of Leesburg.


Former hotel building in Leesburg.


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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