Former Mt. Pleasant Church near Claypool

A church sitting in a rural area with a cemetery next to it used to be much more common. Although many of the cemeteries are still in use, many of the churches have either closed or been torn down. Shown is the former Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Clay Township, just off State Road 15 and north of Claypool in Kosciusko County. More specifically, the building is located on County Road 550 South. This brick structure was built in 1914, though two other churches sat on the same site prior to that. One was a hewn log building and the other a frame structure. Mt. Pleasant remained a church until closing in June 1993 so it had quite a long stretch of service. The building is privately owned now and still stands. The cemetery next to it is still used and is maintained by the Clay Township Trustee. I am not sure where the name Mt. Pleasant comes from, though it is somewhat of a hilly area. The terrain is noticeably different than it is in northern Kosciusko County.

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Former Mt. Pleasant Church near Claypool.

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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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