Remnant of a road in South Whitley

While visiting family in South Whitley, I often take walks in the town. I’ve noticed what could have been a remnant of a road just off Calhoun Street and north of the railroad tracks. I became curious, as I often do, and started looking at whatever older maps that are available for research. As it turns out, my curiosity was more than just that. There really was a road in that location. Both the 1889 and 1916 maps show a road and also show it connecting with Maple Street, which once crossed the railroad tracks going to the north. Apparently this was the case before the old Gripco factory was built. Then I found another map in the South Whitley Library from 1950 showing the road was named Cleveland Avenue (it ran east to west). By this time, the portion of Maple Street had long since been vacated and the map showed it was vacated. Cleveland Avenue is no longer a platted road, it is simply a path meandering off Calhoun Street and leading to what used to be a feed mill. Or it may be platted as a private driveway now. A piece of the puzzle of the history of South Whitley.

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Road remnant in South Whitley.


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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