Old Rodibaugh School still stands in Elkhart County

A few of the old one-room schoolhouse buildings still stand in Elkhart County and elsewhere. When we look at schools today we see a tremendous amount of change for sure since the old schoolhouses were in use. This building is on the southwest corner of County Roads 29 and 142 in Jackson Township, Elkhart County. The Wyland brothers who were known for their mills settled near here in the 1830s. The brick building was built in the late 1880s, replacing a wood frame school which had stood since the 1850s. It was known as the Baintertown-Rodibaugh School and was closed in 1913. At that time, students were sent to New Paris for school. I should also note what is now CR 29 was once the Goshen-Huntington State Road and would have been known as that when the school was in use. The building may be used for storage now or possibly a garage. Note the overhead door.


Former school building in Jackson Township of Elkhart County.


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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