Small interurban stations or depots sprouted all over the state in the early 1900s. Passengers and onlookers pose at Milford Junction, a stop on a popular line between Goshen and Winona Lake in northern Indiana. The car is number 50. The sign...
View of an opera house in Elkhart, Indiana. The three story building has decorative work over the windows and along the roof. The Opera Drug Store and Timmins Book Store are located on street level of the building. A bicycle is leaning against the...
The Bucklen Opera House opened in 1884 in Elkhart with a seating capacity of 1,200 and hosting vaudeville, dramatic, and musical groups. In 1896 Elkhart's first motion picture was shown here for 5 cents in the balcony and 10 cents on the main floor.
View of a street in Nappanee, Indiana that includes the Coppes Hotel and a hardware store. The two story hotel takes up most of the city block. There is ornate work on top of the building. Three bicycles rest against the building and there are...
View of a dormitory on the campus of Goshen College in Indiana. The three-story building has covered porches on each floor. The female occupants of the dormitory are posed out on the porches. There is a fountain in front of the building.
The fourth and current courthouse is in the Second Empire style of design with mansard roofs and a 162 ft. high octagonal dome It was built ca.1882-1884 by Thomas J. Tolan. He died during construction and the project was completed by his son,...
Kosciusko County (Ind.); Courthouses; Government facilities
Seven men in baseball uniforms are standing in the middle of Main Street in Goshen, Indiana. They have mits and bats with them. In the background are storefronts of buisnesses. The Owl Drug Store, Lyric, and Goshen's Variety Store are identified.
Businesses line both sides of Main Street in Goshen, Indiana. A clock is suspended over the Frank Grug Jewelry store. Kaatz Clothier is on the other side of the street. A street vendor is on the corner near a lamppost. Two men are facing the...
Business districts; Streets; Street vendors; Clocks & watches; Lampposts; Jewelry stores; Clothing stores
View of Main Street in Syracuse, Indiana. A banner hanging across the street advertises Jubilee Day on August 31. Various stores line the street; many with awnings over their entrances. Other signs along the street advertise ice cream soda and...
Streets; Banners; Stores & shops; Awnings; Business districts
Oliver Crane created lots for the county seat in 1831. One tradition says Goshen is named after Mr. Crane's hometown in Orange County, New York; another says it was because the land was rich and productive like the biblical land of Goshen.
Elkhart County (Ind.); Business districts; Clothing & dress; Clocks & watches; Sidewalks
Laid out in 1874, Nappanee's name comes from the Missisauga na-pa-ni "flour," and was named after the Canadian town, Napanee, named for its gristmill. Another legend says it was named for an Indian maiden found knee-deep in mud, or "nappanee."
Elkhart County (Ind.); Business districts; Transportation; Clothing & dress
The town was platted as Salem in 1852 but as there was already another Salem in Indiana, it was changed to Wakarusa, which oral tradition claims came from the Indian name meaning "knee deep in mud." The town was relocated 2 miles south in 1893.
Elkhart County (Ind.); Business districts; Storefronts; Stores & shops; Dirt roads; Transportation
View of a busy intersection on Main Street in Elkhart, Indiana. Businesses line both sides of the street. Traction cars and a horse and cart are moving down the street. There is a statue of a Civil War soldier in the intersection.
Business districts; Sculpture; Street railroads; Carts & wagons; Streets
View of West Vistula Street in Bristol, Indiana. A line of utility poles along with a few buildings line one side of the dirt road. Businesses appear to be on the other side of the street. Horses and buggies are tied to hitching posts located at...
The Winona Interurban was created to carry people to the assembly grounds in Winona Lake, but by 1910 it was providing service from Goshen in the north to Peru in the south. It carried passengers from 1903 to 1938 and freight from 1903 to 1952.
Scene along the banks of Webster Lake in Indiana. People in street clothes and bathing suits have gathered along the shore. Several people in bathing suits are actually in the water while others sit inside the boats.