County Road 23 in Elkhart County

If you have read my blog with any regularity, you have likely figured out by now I am interested in old road remnants or what current roads used to be named. In Elkhart County the numbered county road system dates to the 1920s. Before then, roads had different names. Once there was a road known as the Goshen-Bristol Road. What is now State Road 15 between Goshen and Bristol used to have this name, but even before then it was located elsewhere. After reading a narrative describing the original Goshen-Bristol Road in one of the Elkhart County history books at the Goshen Public Library, I tried tracing the route on an old map as best as I could. It was said this road followed an Indian trail. Based on the narrative and the description naming Pine Creek, I believe at least part of what is now County Road 23 where it intersects County Road 20 near the Pleasant View Cemetery and church used to be the Goshen-Bristol Road. Only by reading this narrative and looking at old maps could this be really seen. But it makes sense CR 23 would be the old Goshen to Bristol route. It was originally SR 15 I believe as well.


County Road 23 in Jefferson Township, 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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