Foundation of former garage building in Claypool

Once in a while you can see only the foundation remaining of a former business. Such is the case of this foundation in Claypool along Section Street. Claypool is a small town in southern Kosciusko County that has, unfortunately, suffered the fate several other small towns have. Businesses have closed through the years and not much remains. This foundation is a remnant of the past when this small town actually had quite a few businesses. What once stood here was a garage building which I believe was owned by Eli Garman. Correct me if I’m wrong please. It was a two-story cement block building where the ground floor was used for a blacksmith and repair shop. The top floor was used for the building of wagons, making and repair of side curtains for buggies and later for automobiles. This is fairly typical. Wagon builders sometimes converted to automobiles or faced the prospect of going out of business. Eli’s son Boynton continued to operate the business after Eli died.

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Foundation of building in 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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