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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.

Monument reminds us of former Bracken School

All that is left of the former Bracken School in Huntington County is the monument shown in the photo. This is located on the corner of State Road 105 and County Road 1100 North in Warren Township, Huntington County. The … Continue reading

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Former Sidney High School gym still standing

There are still plenty of vivid memories of those old high school basketball gyms. Some have been torn down, others have found new life as something else and even a few are still used as gyms. In the small community … Continue reading

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Two businesses once occupied old building in Bristol

On the southwest corner of two state roads in Bristol – 15 and 120 – sits an old building with significant history. According to my sources, it was built between 1910 and 1915, though there is some disagreement as to … Continue reading

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Historic Bristol Opera House was built prior to 1900

Downtown Bristol in Elkhart County has a few historic buildings still standing. Some of these were featured a few days ago in a walking tour offered by the Elkhart County Historical Museum. Shown in the photo is the Bristol Opera … Continue reading

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Church in Atwood was once a school gymnasium

High school basketball in Indiana has some very interesting history, to say the least. Part of that history includes the days before schools consolidated and there was a high school in even very small towns. One example was the town … Continue reading

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Building served as substation and depot for electric railway

One of my favorite remnants is finding traces of former electric interurban railways. I’ve posted several of these through the years and this week I will add another one. Shown in the photo is the former substation/depot for the Fort … Continue reading

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House is oldest brick residence in city of Goshen

An old house on the northwest corner of Third Street and Lincoln Avenue in Goshen across from the county courthouse is said to be the oldest brick residence still standing in the city. Much of the history of the house … Continue reading

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Presbyterian church is a historic landmark in Goshen

With its tall steeple that can be seen a considerable distance away, First Presbyterian Church of Goshen on Lincoln Avenue is a historic landmark in the city. Although the steeple stands out for sure, the church itself has been around … Continue reading

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Abandoned railroad bridge can be seen in Hamilton County

Last year during the summer I took some vacation time to visit a good friend who lives in Carmel, which is north of Indianapolis. He knows I’m a history buff, so one day we took some time to visit a … Continue reading

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Eberhard Church in Whitley County built prior to 1900

Once in a while you can still see the old country church with a cemetery next to it. Many of the church buildings have been torn down or are no longer active, but a few still serve as places of … Continue reading

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