INDIANA GHOST TOWN QUEST
The Indiana Ghost Town Quest series of geocaches will take you to towns of yester-year that no longer exist or are near extinction. Inspired by the Indiana Spirit Quest cemetery series, this series will take you to remnant sites as well as vacant sites where towns once existed, hopefully exposing a part of our historic past to the visitor.
These towns were once important centers of trade but due to various reasons now are gone. These reasons can include changes in local industry, changes in trade routes, or even changes in transportation. This can be as simple as railroads replacing canals and interstates replacing local highways.
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INDIANA GHOST TOWN QUEST #6:
Goblesville is in Clear Creek Twp., Huntington County. According to the Huntington County Library the town of Goblesville was settled on Section 3, on June 13, 1855 by Peter "Roy" Goble. Roy Goble built a log school house on the property, which was also used as a church. Roy was married twice and had between 10 and 17 children. Several of Roy's sons were responsible for constructing the buildings of Goblesville. They ran the stores, operated the mill, and started the church. The small pioneering village had blacksmith shops, a general store where the post office was located, a wagon and buggy shop, a hoop factory, and the Huntington Brewery. Today Goblesville is just a speck on the map, a mini village, and currently has no post office. It has a few occupied houses, a brick church, an old brick school building (now used for storage) and an empty store. It has been classified as one of the Ghost Towns of Huntington County.
Asa, John and George were Roy’s sons. John owned a sawmill and a store. Most of the railroad ties used in building the road from Huntington to Bippus came from his mill. Asa Goble’s name appears on the present 1902 brick UB church building. George was aa carpenter and helped build the Church.
The brick school building, which is on the northwest corner, was grade School District Number Two.
The present abandoned building on the south east corner was the General Store/ Post Office
The brick house across from the church is also another of the earlier buildings..
(Data from Ghost Towns of Huntington County by Doris M. Chambers)
Goblesville in 1892, Photo taken from School Tower.
Cache is located in county road ROW.
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