Old County Road 17 in Elkhart County

In Elkhart County, County Road 17, a limited access road, is a familiar and well traveled road. I drive on a portion of it to get to work each day due to construction closing the road I previously drove on. Before County Road 17 was built, there was what is now known as Old County Road 17. The photo shows where the old road dead ends just a little south of State Road 119. When the new road was built, it eliminated a portion of the old road. Some of the old road to the south has become the current CR 17. I have been told by some who have lived in the area a long time the old road was known as “lovers lane.” It was a cruising road too. I was also told some of the old road was at one time nothing more than a trail. A portion of CR 17 south of County Road 142 is still a dirt road. As transportation needs change, so do the roads eventually. What worked in the past sometimes just doesn’t work anymore. A slice of local county road history.

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Old County Road 17 in Elkhart County.

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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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