Former stagecoach stop in Noble County

When we hear the word “stagecoach,” our tendency is probably to imagine one of the old Western movies. But stagecoaches operated in the local area, too, and one prominent line ran between Goshen and Fort Wayne. It followed the old Goshen-Fort Wayne Road, which, generally speaking, is U.S. 33 today. Along that route were stagecoach stops for weary travelers to rest and also to rest their horses. Shown in the photo is what was originally a stagecoach stop and tavern operated by David Keister. Keister came to the area in a covered wagon drawn by oxen from Ohio. In 1845 the tavern and inn was built and served as a place of rest and refreshment for travelers between Fort Wayne and Goshen. It is located along U.S. 33 near Merriam in Noble County. There is also a historical marker along the road identifying the tavern and inn. I found this information in a book about historical markers in Noble County published by the Noble County Historical Society.

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Former stagecoach stop in Noble 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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