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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.

Former church building now a business

The former First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Jackson and Chauncey streets in Columbia City is now a café. This historic building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is a beautiful building dating back to when it … Continue reading

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Church building dates to before 1900

Old church buildings are often full of history in many ways. There are memories members of the congregation can share. And what about the building itself? Apparently this church building at Fifth and Madison streets near downtown Goshen dates to … Continue reading

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Old barn by an alley in Milford

Where was this photo taken? Not in a rural area as you might expect. It was taken in the town of Milford. At the intersection of Fourth and James streets sits a house dating to 1858. It was originally a … Continue reading

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Old road alignment in Harrison Township

The Elkhart County Surveyor’s Office has an interesting set of historical maps by township. They show the various road alignments tied in by numbers to an index page. Vacated roads are also shown on the maps. One example is this … Continue reading

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Museum in Michigan features interurban cars

Back in May, a friend and I ventured to an interesting museum in Grass Lake, Michigan. I was doing an internet search and kind of stumbled upon the Lost Railway Museum. This museum is different in that its focus is … Continue reading

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Another photo from battlefield site

As a follow-up to last week’s post about the Civil War battlefield site near Perryville, Kentucky, here’s another photo. I’m fairly certain this is not an original fence row, but it would look like one from the Civil War era. … Continue reading

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Nicely preserved Kentucky Civil War battlefield

I’m going to stray from keeping local this week. During the summer of 2017, a friend and I visited the Perryville, Kentucky, Civil War battlefield site for a couple of days. It is located in Boyle County in the hilly … Continue reading

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Methodist church dates to 1870s in Goshen

Old church buildings are sometimes simply beautiful to look at. Often the architecture and style are somewhat stunning visually. A church is sometimes considered a community gathering place and has been so for quite a long time. Shown is the … Continue reading

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Former church building now a youth center

A former church building in South Whitley is now known as the Schultz Ministry Center. It is located on Mulberry Street, just off State Street (State Road 5). This was originally the South Whitley Church of the Brethren. A congregation … Continue reading

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Follow the poles for interurban route

There are a few places where the former route of the Winona Interurban Railway can be found by following the electric poles. Here is one example. Off County Road 300 South, east of State Road 19 and south of Akron … Continue reading

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