Brick church building dates to 1880s

A couple of years ago, I talked with a man who travels around the Midwest restoring grave markers in cemeteries. In northern Indiana, he’s often paid by township trustees to do the work. At the time I met him, he was restoring a cemetery next to what is now the Pleasant View Bible Church in Prairie Township of Kosciusko County, along County Road 200 North near Fox Farm Road. The church was originally built in 1884, replacing a frame structure built in 1859. At the time it was the Methodist Episcopal denomination. In 1928 the church actually closed for a few years due to declining attendance and remained closed until the summer of 1932. Then in 1936 the church was renamed Pleasant View Community Church since only a few Methodists were still attending. I should also note the present sanctuary used by the church today was moved from a Baptist church in Indianapolis in 1977. The educational wing was added in 1988-89. I believe the old building built in 1884 is still used today, but I’m not sure for what. The name of the church was changed to Pleasant View Bible Church in 1983.

Pleasant View Church-Prairie Township 008

Pleasant View Bible Church 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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