mobilene Posted September 23, 2011 Report Share Posted September 23, 2011 Today the Historic Michigan Road Byway Committee (of which I'm co-chair) received word from the Indiana Department of Transportation that our application to name the Michigan Road a Historic Byway was approved. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman signed the order. The Michigan Road is Indiana's first state-funded highway, built in the 1830s and stretching from Madison on the Ohio River, through Greensburg, Shelbyville, Indianapolis, Logansport, Rochester, Plymouth, and South Bend, and ending in Michigan City on Lake Michigan. It was built to provide a critical transportation link from southern Indiana to the new capital in Indianapolis, and to allow settlement of northern Indiana. It is still driveable end-to-end today, with a few minor detours that return you to the road's original path. The route is essentially US 421/old US 421 through Indianapolis, then State Road 29 to Logansport, State Road 25 to Rochester, old US 31/US 31 to South Bend, old US 20/US 20 to Michigan City, and a short bit of US 12 within Michigan City. If you'd like to virtually tour the road yourself, go here: http://jimgrey.net/Roads/MichiganRoad/index.htm The Byway Committee has several next steps. First, we need to become a legal entity; probably a 501©(3). Then we need to secure funds for our operations and next initiatives, which include creating marketing plans and signing the route. -Jim Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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