Remnant of power plant in Baintertown area

Elkhart County has a nice county parks system and one of those is the River Preserve County Park. It was formed in the early 1970s after NIPSCO donated some land to Elkhart County Parks. Shown is a building that was once part of the Baintertown Hydroelectric Plant just south of Goshen near the Elkhart River. After a mill went out of business in the early 1920s, the land was sold to the Interstate Public Service Company. The company operated the hydroelectric plant until 1969 and by that time the company was known as NIPSCO. For more than 45 years, the power of water was harnessed to provide electricity to the surrounding area. As I recall, power was provided as far south as Syracuse and possibly other areas. There are other traces of the past even as far back as when the mills were operating. I will post more on these later.


Former hydroelectric plant in Baintertown area.


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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