Road remnant at Whitley-Kosciusko line

There is something about traces of old roads no longer existing that interests me. Maybe it’s what those traces reveal about transportation patterns of the past and how people got from point A to point B. Some of those remnants are more obvious than others. The one shown in the photo is at the Whitley-Kosciusko county line. It is looking north from Old Trail Road, itself a historic road (the former Yellowstone Trail). There is visible evidence a lane or road once existed here. I had some help from the former Kosciusko County surveyor who saw the remnant by looking at old aerial photos of the county. Aerial photos can be quite helpful when researching history, especially road history. Sometimes you can see things from above not so obvious at ground level. This road may have been access to the old Pennsylvania Railroad, still an active railroad line.

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Road remnant at Whitley-Kosciusko county line.


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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