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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.

Cuppy house still stands in South Whitley

The Cuppy house is a true historical landmark in South Whitley. It was built by Abraham Cuppy, who was once a state senator, in 1837. Hardwood floors and beams made of bark-stripped whole tree trunks and a unique staircase with … Continue reading

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Trace of former interurban in Michigan

While in Michigan during the summer of 2016, not far across the border from Indiana, I was able to attend an interesting museum program about the history of the Benton Harbor-St. Joe Railway & Light Co. I was able to … Continue reading

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Former interurban station in Coloma

Last summer I visited Coloma, Michigan, while on vacation one week. I attended an interesting program at the history museum there about an interurban line serving Coloma. While in Coloma, I stopped to get pics of this old building. It … Continue reading

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Building in Fort Wayne a reminder of interurban

Here is another remnant of the Fort Wayne & Wabash Valley Traction Company in Fort Wayne. There were three shop buildings built in the 1920s on Spy Run Avenue in Fort Wayne. Shown in the photo is one of the … Continue reading

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Bonine House in Cass County, Michigan

While on my vacation trip across the border into Michigan, I also stopped to see this old and beautiful house in Cass County, east of Cassopolis. It was built by James E. Bonine, who came to Cass County in the … Continue reading

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Building still serves as train station in Dowagiac

During the summer of 2016, while on vacation I ventured across the border into Michigan, but not too far. I stopped in Dowagiac and visited the local history museum, quite interesting in itself. Then I walked down the road a … Continue reading

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Historical marker in Whitley County

Augustin Mottin de la Balme was a French cavalry officer who served in the United States during the Revolutionary War. A Daughters of the American Revolution historical marker can be found along Dela Balme Road near Columbia City in Whitley … Continue reading

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Road remnant at Whitley-Kosciusko line

There is something about traces of old roads no longer existing that interests me. Maybe it’s what those traces reveal about transportation patterns of the past and how people got from point A to point B. Some of those remnants … Continue reading

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Railroad whistle marker in Fostoria

Here’s another post regarding my trip to Fostoria, Ohio, last year. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the main reason for my visit was to see the railfan park. For those who love watching trains, this is a hotspot. … Continue reading

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Former train depot in Ohio still in use

When it comes to railroad lines, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is one of the most recognizable names from the storied past of railroads. It dates to roughly the 1820s and has a vast and rich history. When I went … Continue reading

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