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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.

Trace of former dam in Wabash River

The Wabash & Erie Canal was an important part of our transportation history. It opened up avenues of trade and farmers being able to market their crops further distances. It also brought people from the East to the Midwest and … Continue reading

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Site of treaty signings in Huntington County

If you like local history, I would suggest visiting the Historic Forks of the Wabash Museum Park in Huntington County. It is at the intersection of State Road 9 and U.S. Highway 24 near Huntington. The photo shows a plaque … Continue reading

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Retaining wall protected interurban

I know I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite things to research and write about, as well as post on this blog, is anything to do with the old electric railways or interurbans. Electric railways usually did not … Continue reading

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Former gas station now a wireless dealer

In downtown Goshen a former Shell gas station now serves as a Verizon wireless dealer. It is located on Main Street at the intersection with Jefferson Street. This building has a very long history as a gas station. Although I … Continue reading

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Remnant of former road near Leesburg

Finding remnants of former roads is something I find interesting. It kind of gives us a glimpse of the past and the routes of travel of people at that time. Shown in the photo is a trace of a former … Continue reading

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Bridge abutments for former railroad

In the spring of 2015, I took a trip to Marshall County with a few friends to trace the route of the former Vandalia Railroad, also known as the Eel River Railroad. We also ventured into neighboring Fulton County and … Continue reading

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Long time building associated with cars

Here’s a building with quite a long history in Goshen. According to the Elkhart County property records, the building located in the 100 block of West Jefferson Street, west of Main Street, was built in 1925. Originally it may have … Continue reading

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Reminder of old roller mill near North Webster

Mills producing various kinds of flour are becoming a thing of the past. Truthfully, most of these mills have been closed and torn down. As you could imagine, there isn’t much of a market for this when flour and bread … Continue reading

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Former gas station now a thrift shop

I guess I’m on a roll with former gas station buildings the last few weeks, so I’ll continue this week. Shown is a former Sinclair gas station in Syracuse on Huntington Street, also State Road 13, in Syracuse, Kosciusko County. … Continue reading

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Building was once a Gulf gas station

Here’s another building in Goshen that once served as a gas station. It’s on the southwest corner of Madison (US 33) and Seventh streets. I’m not sure what type of business is there now, but I’m told it was once … Continue reading

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