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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.

Conner Prairie is a living history museum

Even if you aren’t a history buff, I would highly recommend a visit to Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana. It is essentially a living history museum with much to see and do for the whole family. I can remember taking … Continue reading

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Old schoolhouse in Elkhart County is now a church

On the corner of county roads 15 and 36 in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, sits a church building that used to be a schoolhouse. It was known as Dell School, named after the property owner, John Dell, where the school … Continue reading

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Remnant of long ago trolley system in Goshen

In Goshen, even before the Winona Interurban Railway came along in the very early 1900s, there was a trolley line running from what is now the Old Bag Factory to Kercher Road on the south end of the city. Powered … Continue reading

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Remnant of Valley Line route near Middlebury

When it came to electric interurban railways, history shows there were some big dreamers with big plans. But the imagination for some proved to be larger than the wallet and, quite often, interurban railways were never started or once started, … Continue reading

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Old church is still a place of worship

On State Road 14 in the small, unincorporated community of Collamer sits an old church dating to about 1890. Collamer, once with at least a few businesses no longer there, is just west of South Whitley in Whitley County. The … Continue reading

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Ice cream shop was an interurban station

Lagro is a small community in Wabash County. Last fall I was with a couple of friends and we stopped at a few historical sites in Lagro, including this building on Basin Street. Now it is Lagro Interurban Collectibles & … Continue reading

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Car dealership building served as depot

St. Joseph Valley Traction Company, also known as the “Valley Line,” was a short-lived interurban railway that passed through Elkhart County. Only part of the line was electric, the rest of it utilized gas powered cars. This line was never … Continue reading

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Former Brethren church now a house

Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren was built in 1867 on what later became County Road 8, northwest of Middlebury in York Township, Elkhart County. The church grew out of the Rock Run Church, which had been formed out of … Continue reading

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Brick garage on a corner in Goshen

Anyone driving on College Avenue and going by County Road 27, or Dierdorff Road, in Goshen has probably noticed this old brick garage sitting by itself off the southwest corner of College and Dierdorff. I’m told there was a house … Continue reading

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Rural church near New Paris dates back to 1850s

Although at first glance the Maple Grove Church of the Brethren probably doesn’t look to be very old, if you look closer you can see some evidence of the original church. This church is located on County Road 46 in … Continue reading

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