Road has historical significance in Kosciusko County

I know, this is a photo of a freshly blacktopped rural road. But this particular road has some historical significance in Kosciusko County. More specifically, this is County Road 700 North east of Leesburg. Off in the distance to the right in the photo is another historic road, Harper Road. I was told 700 North was the first concrete road in the county highway system. More than one person told me this, including two farmers who have lived in the area a long time and so have their families. I would tend to trust their information. For clarification, there were probably other concrete roads before this one in the county, but those roads were either in a town or were under the jurisdiction of a township trustee. I do also recall the county highway superintendent telling me 700 North does have a layer of the older concrete underneath all the asphalt. Concrete was obviously a big step up from dirt or gravel roads. This is Christmas Eve and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate it!

CR 700 North Near Leesburg 001

County road near Leesburg in Kosciusko 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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