What weighs 964 pounds?

Jan and I finally got back to walking this morning, the first time since we left Galveston Bay RV Resort in late February. With all the stuff about Jan’s health scare and moving  every two weeks, it just kind of slipped off the schedule. But we’re going to try to get back on a every other day schedule again.

We used the Android/iPhone app RunKeeper to chart our distance, and as it turns out, the big circle around around the Elkhart Campground here is almost exactly a 1/2 mile. So we did one loop to start with today, and then we’ll bump it up pretty quickly.

When we started our walk, l starting the coffee going so as soon as we got back, we sat outside and had our coffee and muffins. And of course Mister was right there with us. And Nick.

Mister and Nick at Elkhart

About 1pm, Nick and Terry, and Jan and I headed over to Goshen to visit the Old Bag Factory.

Old Bag Factory

Originally built in 1896 as the Cosmo Buttermilk Soap Company, it was purchased in 1910 by the Chicago-Detroit Bag Company, then in 1924 by the Chase Bag Company. It was the largest of the company’s 15 plants around the country.

This plant was their ‘specialty’ plant, manufacturing things like printed burlap bags,

Old Bag Factory 10


to the little paper plumes for the Hersey’s Kisses wrappers.

Old Bag Factory 5

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45,000 pounds a month of these! That’s a lot of Kisses.

But the plant finally shut down in 1982 before later being resurrected as the Old Bag Factory, a haven for artists, craftsman, and merchants, in 2010.

Old Bag Factory 2

The place is 4 stories of shops, studios, businesses, and even an event center for weddings and meetings.

Old Bag Factory 3

As far as What Weighs 964 Pounds?

964 pounds

Apparently the 4 of us do. But personally I think the scale’s broke. At least I hope so.


Old Bag Factory 4

This chair is made up of strung-together wood tiles, and is much more comfortable than you might think.


Old Bag Factory 6


Outside, they had one of the floral Quilt Gardens that been done around Goshen.

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Unfortunately it’s hard to see from the ground angle.

After a nice visit here at the Old Bag Factory, we headed a ways down the road to check out the parking at the Wal-Mart.

Well, the Amish buggy parking anyway.

Amish Buggy Parking - Goshen

Many businesses in the area have accommodations for the Amish buggies, from hitching posts and rails, to full-on barns and stalls like the above.

We’ve even seen Amish buggies in the drive-thru line at the local McDonald’s.

Our last stop on today’s excursion was the South Side Soda Shop.

South Side Soda Shop

Originally built as a grocery store in the early 1900’s, it began its transformation to a diner in the 1940’s with installation of a soda fountain. And then just evolved from there.

As well as winning awards for their Chili and Lemon Meringue Pie, they’ve been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and other Food Network shows.

Really, really good food.

And after a very nice day with great friends and good food, we finally made it home about 6:30.

Now to plan tomorrow.


Thought for the Day:

"From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it." – Bette Davis


3 Responses

  1. I appreciate the tour of The Old Bag Factory. I wonder where all those jobs went to when it closed in 1982? As one travels, it’s sad to see abandoned factories where people once worked.

  2. Sounds like a fun day!! And good weather too maybe…can’t ask for more!!

  3. Jim,

    At least this one has been somewhat resurrected.

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