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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.

Possible remnant of trail near North Webster

Remnants of Native American trails are very difficult, if not impossible, to find. Obviously the topography has changed much in close to 200 years. Fields have been plowed, housing developments built, cities and towns have grown, etc. I was with … Continue reading

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Former location of Chief Flat Belly

Our local history dates prior to the arrival of white settlers. We know Native Americans lived in the area. Several relics such as arrowheads and more have been found scattered throughout the area. We also know the Miami tribe lived … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Remnant of power plant in Baintertown area

Elkhart County has a nice county parks system and one of those is the River Preserve County Park. It was formed in the early 1970s after NIPSCO donated some land to Elkhart County Parks. Shown is a building that was … Continue reading

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Old Rodibaugh School still stands in Elkhart County

A few of the old one-room schoolhouse buildings still stand in Elkhart County and elsewhere. When we look at schools today we see a tremendous amount of change for sure since the old schoolhouses were in use. This building is … Continue reading

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Remnant of county road in Elkhart County

Last week I talked about a road remnant in Kosciusko County. This week I move to the neighboring county to the north in Elkhart County. County Road 44 is an east-west road in the county. To the east part of … Continue reading

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Remnant of county road near Oswego

I mentioned before I’m interested in finding remnants of roads and here’s another example of one that was pointed out to me a few years ago. It is west of Oswego, a small, unincorporated community in Kosciusko County. County Road … Continue reading

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Church near Syracuse dates to 1880s

Old church buildings in the countryside used to be much more common than they are now, but there are still a few of them left. And a few are still used for church services. Shown in the photo is the … Continue reading

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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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