Pleasant View Cemetery in Elkhart County

Cemeteries are a vital part of local history. Some of them are as old as the county they are located in. And the very earliest settlers can be found in the older cemeteries. Pleasant View Cemetery in Jefferson Township, Elkhart County, dates to 1837 or maybe even earlier. I found a Goshen newspaper article from 1897 that says it is the oldest cemetery in the township and was laid out before 1837 and “a good many of the first settlers are buried there.” It is located along County Road 20 near the intersection with County Road 23 next to the Pleasant View Mennonite Church and near Pine Creek. There is some confusion about the origin of the cemetery. Some references indicate there are actually two cemeteries here with Pine Creek being the other one on the west end. But another newspaper article I saw from 1905 said the name was changed from Pine Creek to Pleasant View. Truthfully I am not sure what is really accurate but I did not see any references in old newspaper articles to two cemeteries being located on the property. I do know, however, clues to the past of Elkhart County can be found in Pleasant View Cemetery. And the cemetery was there before the church was built.

Pleasant View Cemetery and CR 23 002

Pleasant View Cemetery 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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