Old road alignment near Waterford Mills

County Road 40 has become a much busier road since the construction project started on Kercher Road, or County Road 38. It is particularly busy from Waterford Mills to the west. Shown is an old alignment for County Road 40 just outside of Waterford Mills to the west. This can be confirmed by looking at older county maps. The road would have crossed the Elkhart River as it does now. I’m not sure if there are any remnants of the old bridge remaining. This is private property and I wasn’t able to drive back there to see anything. Before county roads were numbered in the 1920s, what is now County Road 40 would have been known as the Waterford Mills-Wakarusa Road. If you drive far enough west, you will come to Wakarusa. I believe the old alignment is now used as a private driveway.

Waterford Mills Area Remnants 001

Old alignment of CR 40.

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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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