Historic road north of Syracuse

One of the more interesting historical roads, at least for me, would be the old Goshen-Huntington State Road. It dates to the very early years of settlement in the area in the 1830s. As the name implies, it connected Huntington and Goshen. Today, that road is actually numerous different roads including this stretch of County Road 29 shown here. It is just north of Syracuse in Elkhart County. I took the photo with the camera facing to the north. There is a clue to the old state road in Syracuse. Did you know Huntington Street is so named because it was once part of the old state road? So is State Road 5 in some areas, Old State Road 13, Syracuse-Webster Road and others. As I recall, the Goshen-Huntington State Road was built, at least in part, to give access to the mills in the Goshen area. Of course travel was much more difficult then and largely dependent on the weather being cooperative. But this would have been an important and well traveled road at the time it was built. Settlers needed a way to get to the mills.


County Road 29 north of Syracuse.


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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