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Near Goshen in Elkhart County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The County Farm

 
 
The County Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 5, 2014
1. The County Park Marker
Inscription. Ox Bow Park was once the site of the County Farm. The farm provided a residence for those who could not support themselves. Residents helped run the farm, grew food and generated income.

The Elkhart County Farm
The Elkhart County Farm was built in 1886. The facility included the home, two barns, a hog lot, corncrib, implement storage buildings, pastures and agricultural fields. Residents helped with the farm, livestock and garden operations. In return, those living at the home received room, board, medical attention and recreation programs. The home closed in 1977 and was torn down in 1981. A cemetery with unmarked graves is all that remains of the County Farm.

Helping Others Less Fortunate
The County Farm System began in the mid-1800s during the Industrial Revolution. The homes were a safety net for those who had nowhere else to turn. In addition to the poor, the County Farm took in the mentally ill, elderly and orphans.

The idea that it is the responsibility of the government to care for the less fortunate was expressed by the County Farm Program. Today, mental institutions, orphanages, nursing homes and social programs provide the services formerly provided by County Farms.

(Lower Left Photo Caption)
"Some enjoy the quietness of fishing along the Elkhart
Inmates of Elkhart County Asylum, Dec. 22, 1898 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 5, 2014
2. Inmates of Elkhart County Asylum, Dec. 22, 1898
Close-up of lower left photo on marker
River just behind the County Home."
Annual Report, Elkhart County Home

(Upper Right Photo Caption)
"Two men help with chores caring for the livestock under supervision of the administrative assistant. During the summer others have helped us with such special events as making hay or harvesting corn."
Annual Report, Elkhart county Home
 
Erected by Elkhart County Parks.
 
Location. 41° 37.818′ N, 85° 54.154′ W. Marker is near Goshen, Indiana, in Elkhart County. Marker can be reached from County Road 45. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Fishermans Camp Shelter in Ox Bow County Park; an entrance fee may be required. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23427 County Road 45, Goshen IN 46528, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elkhart County Home Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Indiana Territory Line (approx. 1.1 miles away); A. E. Kunderd Gladiolus Farm (approx. 1.9 miles away); St. John's Lutheran Church (approx. 3 miles away); Fort Wayne Street Bridge (approx. 3.8 miles away); Oakridge Cemetery
"Two Men Help With Chores" image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 5, 2014
3. "Two Men Help With Chores"
Close-up of upper right photo on marker
(approx. 4.1 miles away); West Goshen Cemetery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Lou Criger (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goshen.
 
Also see . . .  Tour to Revisit Elkhart County Home's Storied Past. An Elkhart Truth newspaper article from their May 31, 2012 edition on the Elkhart County Home with photographs. (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureCharity & Public Work
 
Fishermans Camp Shelter in Ox Bow County Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 5, 2014
4. Fishermans Camp Shelter in Ox Bow County Park
Ox Bow County Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 5, 2014
5. Ox Bow County Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 326 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 7, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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