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Hi Everyone,

 

I have been taking pictures of the various Robert E. Lee / Dixie Highway monuments placed along the highway by the Daughters of the Confederacy in the 1920s and at least in one case, in the 1930s. It got me wondering whether there are still more out there that I haven't identified yet. These are the ones I know about:

 

North Carolina

 

1. Near Hot Springs at the NC/TN border on US 25.

 

2. Hot Springs, NC on US 25.

 

3. Marshall, NC on Main Street in front of the county courthouse.

 

4. Asheville, NC in Pack Square in front of the Vance monument.

 

5. Fletcher, NC on US 25 in front of the Calvary Episcopal Church.

 

6. Hendersonville, NC on Business 25 (Church Street) behind the historic courthouse. (This one was moved from Main Street in front of the courthouse in 2008)

 

7. Near Tuxedo, NC at the NC/SC border.

 

8. Greenville, SC on N Main Street at Elford Street.

 

Ohio

 

9. Franklin, OH at the intersection of the Old Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road.

 

Florida

 

10. Bradfordville, FL on Highway 319, just south of the Georgia border.

 

Any others that you know of that I'm missing? I have pictures of the close ones except for #1, #3 and #8 so we might get those this weekend. I just don't want to drive all the way to #9 or #10 and find I passed others along the way. laugh.gif

 

 

Mike

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Mike,

 

How did you find all of these.....by guess and by golly?...that is by "I see one!"

 

I have followed short sections of the Dixie, but only in Florida, and then just a dirt section or two. I know of a Robert E Lee stone with brass plaque in Northern California, placed by the Daughters of the Confederacy, but I'm pretty sure it isn't on the Dixie! :blink:

 

I suppose you have checked the modern web. How about Google's book archives?

 

Dave

 

Keep the Show on the Road!

 

Note: Opps, that California monument was to Jefferson Davis...MY Bad.

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Mike,

 

How did you find all of these.....by guess and by golly?...that is by "I see one!"

 

...

 

I suppose you have checked the modern web. How about Google's book archives?

 

Dave

 

Keep the Show on the Road!

 

Hi Dave,

 

I came across the first one (Hot Springs) online. I drive through that way often, and the funny thing is I have always noticed the monument. I was curious about what it said but could never read it from the road and I never stopped until last time. When I saw this one online it referenced others so I got curious and started searching via Google. I have never seen a list of these 10 all together. I have seen the seven NC monuments referenced and sometimes the eighth one in Greenville, SC is mentioned in the same breath. I visited the Daughters of the Confederacy web site but haven't contacted them directly yet. I may do that next.

 

If there are any more at all, there may not be many. It was the NC chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy that launched this program with an idea that first came up in 1818. It apparently took them eight years to get the first plaques made and dedicated.

 

An interesting side note is that there is a Civil War monument database on a NC government website (http://ncmonuments.ncdcr.gov/) that only appears to mention two out of the seven located in the state.

 

Mike

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I've always suspected that an evil wizard lives in Franklin and clouds my mind when I drive through that intersection and this proves it. I must have driven by that marker several times (it's less than 25 miles away!) but don't recall ever seeing it. My most recent and glaring failure would have been in July when I purported to drive all of the DH twixt Vandalia and Cincinnati. I may try again today but I'll be sure to disguise myself and carry my magic staff.

 

My first discovery of one of these markers was very much a "by golly". It was the one in Marshall, NC, and I had no idea it was there when I stopped. That was in November 2008. My only other documented sighting was in December of the next year at the SC/NC border. That one was clearly not a "by golly". I had definitely targeted the marker but I say nothing about where I learned of it. Whatever the source, it apparently had some sort of inventory because I claim that there are a total of eight and list the others in the Carolinas. The source may have been Wikipedia since it lists only those eight. Why I didn't seek out any of the others is a another mystery. Maybe there's an evil wizard hanging out in Asheville, too.

 

If you do contact the UDC (and that seems a good idea) I sure would like to hear what you learn. You might also want to consider updating the Wikipedia article with the two additional markers you're already aware of plus anything interesting you learn from the Daughters.

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Hi Denny,

 

I must have driven right past the monument in Franklin on my way home from Michigan for Christmas and didn't notice it either. I took pictures of the NC/SC state line marker and the ones in Fletcher and Asheville this past weekend. I have pictures of downtown Marshall in my gallery from December and I completely missed the marker in front of the courthouse. I may drive back there this weekend if the weather is decent, then go on to capture the one at the NC/TN border.

 

I've read the Wikipedia article on the Dixie Highway, but have never updated anything in Wikipedia as you suggest. What is the process?

 

Also, I have been meaning to ask you about the route through Cincinnati. After Christmas we were heading south down Vine St. in Cincinnati, trying to get to the Roebling Bridge. We got to Central Parkway where we were forced off of Vine due to one-way traffic, and it was all downhill from there. Where should we have gone at that point? Even looking at Google Maps is unclear because it seems that the only road leading to the bridge is Race Street to Freedom Way, and it appears to be blocked by construction (or was at the time the photo was taken). Any ideas for my next trip through? tongue.gif

 

Mike

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Hi Dave,

 

I came across the first one (Hot Springs) online. I drive through that way often, and the funny thing is I have always noticed the monument. I was curious about what it said but could never read it from the road and I never stopped until last time. When I saw this one online it referenced others so I got curious and started searching via Google. I have never seen a list of these 10 all together. I have seen the seven NC monuments referenced and sometimes the eighth one in Greenville, SC is mentioned in the same breath. I visited the Daughters of the Confederacy web site but haven't contacted them directly yet. I may do that next.

 

If there are any more at all, there may not be many. It was the NC chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy that launched this program with an idea that first came up in 1818. It apparently took them eight years to get the first plaques made and dedicated.

 

An interesting side note is that there is a Civil War monument database on a NC government website (http://ncmonuments.ncdcr.gov/) that only appears to mention two out of the seven located in the state.

 

Mike

 

Mike,

 

Thanks for the informative reply!! I also note you awakened Denny's interest. The General would have been proud! B)

 

Dave

 

Keep the Show on the Road!

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I must have driven right past the monument in Franklin on my way home from Michigan...

Not necessarily. There were two DH alignments south of Franklin. I'm not sure which is the oldest. If you were following OH-4/OH-73, you would have swung west just before reaching the marker. Of course, if you went directly south on the Cincinnati-Dayton Road alignment (which is actually called Dixie in spots), you have no excuse (except for the evil wizard thing). In looking at maps just now, I'm thinking that even the western DH might have originally passed the marker by turning west on Hamilton-Middletown Road rather than today's OH-73.

 

My excuse, at least for the July pass, is that I drove that stretch northbound and the marker (as seen on Google Earth) would have been hidden by foliage. Plus my mind was probably still on the monument to the first China Poland Pig where I'd just stopped. It's about a mile and a half south. Foliage, pigs, and wizards together are almost unbeatable.

 

Franklin is one of those towns that has split traffic onto two one way streets. The northbound route is the one that follows the Dixie so you may have missed a section of the DH and the marvelous murals that make Franklin cool. You have lots of reasons to come back.

 

I've read the Wikipedia article on the Dixie Highway, but have never updated anything in Wikipedia as you suggest. What is the process?

Apparently you can just edit away with no advance arrangements but I think creating an account and logging in is the proper way of doing things. Look in the upper right corner. The data does have some HTML so you need to either know a little about it or just avoid it. In this case (and in most cases) I think avoiding it is pretty natural. Since nothing that is currently said about the eight Carolina markers is actually wrong, you don't really need to change anything already there. Maybe just add something about the other two markers right after the sentence about "An eighth monument...".

 

Any ideas for my next trip through?

Find a local guide and buy him a beer. :rolleyes: Actually you were on the right course. Vine Street being one way makes it impossible to precisely drive the DH southbound and construction near the bridge makes it tough, and sometimes impossible to drive it in either direction. First it was building the two stadiums and now it's the Banks Project which is filling up the space between. Access to the bridge isn't really blocked all that often but the various material and equipment sitting around can make it look like it is. This too shall pass or so they say. If you haven't driven the Roebling Bridge you have a really big reason to come back. It's possibly the coolest bridge on the DH and almost certainly the oldest. Construction was interrupted by the Civil War but it has been in service since 1868.

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Not necessarily. There were two DH alignments south of Franklin. I'm not sure which is the oldest. If you were following OH-4/OH-73, you would have swung west just before reaching the marker. Of course, if you went directly south on the Cincinnati-Dayton Road alignment (which is actually called Dixie in spots), you have no excuse (except for the evil wizard thing). In looking at maps just now, I'm thinking that even the western DH might have originally passed the marker by turning west on Hamilton-Middletown Road rather than today's OH-73.

 

We did exactly as you described - we turned on OH-4/OH-73. sad.gif

 

Franklin is one of those towns that has split traffic onto two one way streets. The northbound route is the one that follows the Dixie so you may have missed a section of the DH and the marvelous murals that make Franklin cool. You have lots of reasons to come back.

 

We definitely do!

 

Find a local guide and buy him a beer. :rolleyes: Actually you were on the right course. Vine Street being one way makes it impossible to precisely drive the DH southbound and construction near the bridge makes it tough, and sometimes impossible to drive it in either direction. First it was building the two stadiums and now it's the Banks Project which is filling up the space between. Access to the bridge isn't really blocked all that often but the various material and equipment sitting around can make it look like it is. This too shall pass or so they say. If you haven't driven the Roebling Bridge you have a really big reason to come back. It's possibly the coolest bridge on the DH and almost certainly the oldest. Construction was interrupted by the Civil War but it has been in service since 1868.

 

I'd love to find that local guy and buy him a beer! We'll make it a point to hit Franklin and Cincinnati when you're in town and you can introduce us to your favorite watering hole. Or better yet, the Montgomery Inn for ribs!

 

Mike

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I heard back from the research librarian at the United Daughters of the Confederacy yesterday. She informed me that she was unable to find a list of all of the monuments, but she is mailing me some articles from their files about the Dixie Highway. I don't know if they reference any of the monuments (currently found or additional ones) or not.

 

So for now at least, my highly unofficial count is 10 monuments:

 

NC: NC/TN border, Hot Springs, Marshall, Asheville, Fletcher, Hendersonville and Tuxedo (NC/SC border)

 

SC: Greenville

 

FL: Bradfordville

 

OH: Franklin

 

Mike

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Nice to know that the UDC did respond. The articles could certainly contain some interesting tidbits even if there is nothing about the monuments.

 

It never stopped raining on the day I threatened to run up to Franklin and now it's snowing. Maybe I'll get there when the spring thaw breaks.

 

"Montgomery Inn for ribs"? Hey, you're no stranger to these parts after all. And now you've awakened a craving that could just drag me out in the cold.

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I heard back from the research librarian at the United Daughters of the Confederacy yesterday. She informed me that she was unable to find a list of all of the monuments, but she is mailing me some articles from their files about the Dixie Highway. I don't know if they reference any of the monuments (currently found or additional ones) or not.

 

So for now at least, my highly unofficial count is 10 monuments:

 

NC: NC/TN border, Hot Springs, Marshall, Asheville, Fletcher, Hendersonville and Tuxedo (NC/SC border)

 

SC: Greenville

 

FL: Bradfordville

 

OH: Franklin

 

Mike

 

Mike,

 

I sort of suspected that you probably knew more about the monuments than the current Daughters of the Confederacy. No criticism of the organization intended there, but they are probably into other things and monuments placed in the 20's tend to drop off the radar....unless they are "rejuvenated."

 

It might well turn out that they will really appreciate your research, and maybe you will be the spark that gets them to revisit the efforts of their predecessors.

 

I didn't find anything to add to the list in the Google Archives on a quick search. There were a couple of stories about dedications in old newspapers but you had already identified the sites. None the less, I will keep my eye out.

 

Dave

 

Keep the Show on the Road!

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Nice to know that the UDC did respond. The articles could certainly contain some interesting tidbits even if there is nothing about the monuments.

 

It never stopped raining on the day I threatened to run up to Franklin and now it's snowing. Maybe I'll get there when the spring thaw breaks.

 

"Montgomery Inn for ribs"? Hey, you're no stranger to these parts after all. And now you've awakened a craving that could just drag me out in the cold.

 

It's cold here but no snow yet; not even in the nearby mountains. I thought we might get some last night but it never happened.

 

The Montgomery Inn is my favorite place anywhere for ribs. I've eaten there 3-4 times in the last six months. That made up for about a 10 year absence. Sharon and I will make it up your way sometime soon and we'll get a chance to meet you face-to-face over the best ribs east of...anywhere!

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It might well turn out that they will really appreciate your research, and maybe you will be the spark that gets them to revisit the efforts of their predecessors.

 

I didn't find anything to add to the list in the Google Archives on a quick search. There were a couple of stories about dedications in old newspapers but you had already identified the sites. None the less, I will keep my eye out.

 

Dave

 

Keep the Show on the Road!

 

Thanks for taking a look Dave. I'll keep my eyes open for more; it has been fun trying to track them down.

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While I was thinking about visiting the Franklin monument, I dropped a note to Russell Rein to see if he could help clear up the two alignments for me. His reply was a real "duh" moment since he mentioned Mike Buettner and I recalled that Mike has a very nice article on line about the Dixie Highway in Ohio. That article is here. The report of me taking advantage of it is here.

 

The monument was right where it was supposed to be and I believe I've now driven fairly accurate modern versions of both Franklin to Cincinnati routes. Once in downtown Cincinnati it's kind of a crap shoot but I'm going to claim having done it right at least once in the past ten years if only by accident.

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While I was thinking about visiting the Franklin monument, I dropped a note to Russell Rein to see if he could help clear up the two alignments for me. His reply was a real "duh" moment since he mentioned Mike Buettner and I recalled that Mike has a very nice article on line about the Dixie Highway in Ohio. That article is here. The report of me taking advantage of it is here.

 

The monument was right where it was supposed to be and I believe I've now driven fairly accurate modern versions of both Franklin to Cincinnati routes. Once in downtown Cincinnati it's kind of a crap shoot but I'm going to claim having done it right at least once in the past ten years if only by accident.

 

Great writeup of your short trip to the Franklin monument Denny. I don't know Mike but I had come across his very detailed driving directions through Ohio on the Dixie Highway. I printed them out prior to our trip to Michigan, then promptly forgot them.

 

I managed to get shots of the last two of the seven monuments in North Carolina on Saturday. And it's hard to say for sure, but if the signs are located correctly the monument at the NC/TN border is actually in Tennessee. If it isn't exactly on the border it's within a few feet either way. That leaves Greenville (maybe next weekend), Franklin (maybe in the spring when we can get together) and Bradfordville, FL (who knows?).

 

There might be at least one more, though it will take a bit of investigation. The librarian for the United Daughters of the Confederacy sent me an article from the January 2011 issue of UDC that references the re-dedication of the Bradfordville monument. In the article written by a member of the Tallahassee, FL chapter of the UDC, she mentions that, "At one time a Dixie Highway marker was located on the Brevard-Volusia County Line, however, that marker is unconfirmed as still in place."

 

So it's time to confirm it I guess!

 

Mike

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Mike Buettner knows a lot about a lot and is a great researcher. Because of him, the Ohio Lincoln Highway League site is a good source for information on other named auto trails (e.g., DH, PPOO, NOTR) and some numbered US routes (e.g., 20, 50) in Ohio. Maybe that wizard who made us miss the Franklin marker is also keeping both of us from remembering the good stuff that is there.

 

By coincidence, an uncle who spends his winters near Lake Alfred, FL, called last night to invite me down for a stay. I think I'll probably follow through on it and had already started thinking about what Dixie Highway exploring I might be able to do. It looks like the Brevard-Volusia County Line is well within range. I don't want to push in front of you but taking a look has certainly occurred to me.

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By coincidence, an uncle who spends his winters near Lake Alfred, FL, called last night to invite me down for a stay. I think I'll probably follow through on it and had already started thinking about what Dixie Highway exploring I might be able to do. It looks like the Brevard-Volusia County Line is well within range. I don't want to push in front of you but taking a look has certainly occurred to me.

 

As a group I think we can find out a lot more about these roads than we can individually, so I absolutely hope you are able to get down there and check it out. Who knows, maybe by then we'll have a lead on another one.

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I spoke with my uncle again this evening and plans are forming for my being in Florida next week. I'm guessing that the marker was on the original Dixie Highway which is now called County Line Road/Dixie Way and now "gone back to dirt" according to a note on Robert Droz's site. I don't know whether the current US-1 was ever the DH although it certainly seems possible and I'll take a look there if nothing is found on the older road.

 

Any additional clues, hints, insights, or hunches?

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I spoke with my uncle again this evening and plans are forming for my being in Florida next week. I'm guessing that the marker was on the original Dixie Highway which is now called County Line Road/Dixie Way and now "gone back to dirt" according to a note on Robert Droz's site. I don't know whether the current US-1 was ever the DH although it certainly seems possible and I'll take a look there if nothing is found on the older road.

 

Any additional clues, hints, insights, or hunches?

 

Not really. I used Google to search US-1 at the county border and the only thing I saw was the monument that shows up on the Wikipedia page for the Dixie Highway. I was unaware of the County Line Road/Dixie Way, so I hope you are able to find something there.

 

Yesterday we drove to Greenville, SC and got a picture of the monument there. I am trying to get a better sense of the route from the NC state line to downtown Greenville. You can still see snippets of the old road running parallel to US-25 in several places, and Old US-25 and Buncombe Road split off of the newer highway in a few places. I'm guessing that these may be remnants of the Dixie Highway, but I'm not sure. I'm also guessing that the highway originally went the direction of US-276 where it crosses US-25, but again, it's just a guess. I am on the lookout for one of the early ALA Automobile Green Books to help me pin down the route more exactly.

 

Mike

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I was by the Old DH/county line on Tuesday and did not find a Lee/DH marked. There is a large stone Brevard county over on the current US-1 which may have also been the DH. Possibly more interesting was Dixie Lane which runs east-west about a mile north of the county line. We followed it to its end but I figured it really was somebody's lane but when I looked at DeLorne it was labeled Old US Hwy 1.

 

I am certainly behind but I did get Tuesday's journal up earlier today. It's here:

http://www.dennygibson.com/fl012012/day05/index.htm

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I was by the Old DH/county line on Tuesday and did not find a Lee/DH marked. There is a large stone Brevard county over on the current US-1 which may have also been the DH. Possibly more interesting was Dixie Lane which runs east-west about a mile north of the county line. We followed it to its end but I figured it really was somebody's lane but when I looked at DeLorne it was labeled Old US Hwy 1.

 

I am certainly behind but I did get Tuesday's journal up earlier today. It's here:

http://www.dennygibs...day05/index.htm

 

Nice write up of the trip in your blog Denny. I particularly like the pics of the brick road section and that you had an opportunity to drive it this time.

 

We spent some time in the Hendersonville, NC library yesterday, trying to go through some old maps and historic descriptions of the area but we didn't learn too much. There was a nice history of the Old Buncombe Turnpike, which ran from Hot springs, NC down into South Carolina, and was essentially the same route the Dixie Highway later followed, but no mention of the Dixie was made. The librarian told me that there are boxes of unsorted materials that include maps and area histories that he has yet to go through. Maybe he'll find something of interest. In the meantime I am keeping my eyes open on ebay for relevant Green Book and Blue Book tour guides of that area.

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I was by the Old DH/county line on Tuesday and did not find a Lee/DH marked. There is a large stone Brevard county over on the current US-1 which may have also been the DH. Possibly more interesting was Dixie Lane which runs east-west about a mile north of the county line. We followed it to its end but I figured it really was somebody's lane but when I looked at DeLorne it was labeled Old US Hwy 1.

 

I am certainly behind but I did get Tuesday's journal up earlier today. It's here:

http://www.dennygibs...day05/index.htm

 

 

Denny,

 

I enjoyed you last day post and especially your visit to Weeki Wachee. I note that you were especially interested in the mermaids and found them to be “exceptional athletes.” Your photo with mermaid Karri definitely displays her athletic qualities, and your ear to ear grin bespeaks of your appreciation for those qualities.

 

If anyone here doesn't get Denny's missives, you can view the latest at:

 

http://www.dennygibson.com/fl012012/day09/

 

Dave

 

Keep the Show on the Road!

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Your photo with mermaid Karri definitely displays her athletic qualities...

 

Surely you've heard the term "sports figure".

 

Before we are accused of drifting off topic, I'll remind everyone that Weeki Wachee is right on the path of the Dixie Highway Tampa - Saint Petersburg Loop although the road was officially gone long before the mermaids came along. Plus, as further evidence of my own dedication to the road, I'll point out that the aforementioned Karri's hometown is the Dixie Highway village of Aripeka which I drove through on the way to Weeki Wachee. The trip that more or less wrapped up at Weeki Wachee wasn't all on the DH but the last two days (day 8 & day 9) were on the Tampa - Saint Pete Loop and I earlier mentioned day 5 as being an unsuccessful search for one of the markers in this thread's title. Days 1, 2 & 4 also contain a little Dixie Highway. I was really surprised on day 1 when I saw the Powell Airplane with an all new skin almost completely in place. I just now uploaded a picture of the plane to the forum's gallery here. Knoxville and the Dixie Highway are going to have a very nice new/old attraction very soon.

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Days 1, 2 & 4 also contain a little Dixie Highway. I was really surprised on day 1 when I saw the Powell Airplane with an all new skin almost completely in place. I just now uploaded a picture of the plane to the forum's gallery here. Knoxville and the Dixie Highway are going to have a very nice new/old attraction very soon.

Very cool. I drove through there just a few weeks ago but never saw it. It will make a good excuse for a day trip on the next nice weekend though.

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Well it took a while because I have been busy Dixie Highwayin' and other highwayin' this year, but I finally made it down to Florida to snap the 10th and possibly last of the Robert E. Lee / Dixie Highway monuments placed by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Here are the images, ordered from northernmost to southernmost. One is on the Eastern Alignment, one is on the Western Alignment, and the rest are on the Carolina Division of the highway. There may be others, but thus far no one seems to know for sure.

 

Dixie Highway Monument 1 - Franklin, OH

Franklin, Ohio - The only one of the 10 on the Eastern Alignment, and the only one in the North.

Dixie Highway Monument 2 - TN-NC State Line

TN/NC State Line - As you drive from Newport, TN to Hot Springs, NC you will spot this monument on your left as you cross into North Carolina.

Dixie Highway Monument 3 - Hot Springs, NC

Hot Springs, NC - Just before making a sharp left and driving downhill into the town of Hot Springs you will spot the largest of the 10 monuments on your right.

Dixie Highway Monument 4 - Marshall, NC

Marshall, NC - Marshall used to be a one street town, bordered by rough mountain terrain on one side and the French Broad River on the other. This monument sits in front of the Madison County Courthouse in the middle of town.

Dixie Highway Monument 5 - Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC - In the heart of Asheville in Pack Square sits the next monument, dwarfed in the shadow of the Vance Memorial obelisk.

Dixie Highway Monument 6 - Fletcher, NC

Fletcher, NC - The next monument can be seen on a busy commercial stretch of US-25, right in front of the Calvary Episcopal Church.

Dixie Highway Monument 7 - Hendersonville, NC

Hendersonville, NC - The next monument is hard to find if you don't know where to look because it no longer sits on the Dixie Highway. The highway ran down Main Street in Hendersonville, and the monument once stood in front of the historic Henderson County Courthouse. For a reason unknown to me, the monument was moved and rededicated in 2008 to Church Street which runs behind the courthouse. This may have been done to follow what once was the location of the re-routed US-25.

Dixie Highway Monument 8 - NC-SC State Line

NC/SC State Line - As you leave North Carolina on Old US-25, look to your left and you will see the last monument in the state.

Dixie Highway Monument 9 - Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC - The last monument on the Carolina Division of the Dixie Highway can be found on Main Street in Greenville, though technically it is a block or two north of where the highway actually intersected with the street.

Dixie Highway Monument 10 - Bradfordville, FL

Bradfordville, FL - You will be driving a long way before seeing monument #10. The Dixie Highway follows the Carolina Division to its intersection with the Eastern Alignment in Waynesboro, Georgia. You will then continue on to Jacksonville, Florida where you will leave the Eastern Alignment and take a connector to Tallahassee, where you will pick up US-319 and begin heading north on the Western Alignment of the highway. As you approach the Georgia border you will make a U-turn on the divided highway, heading back south about 8/10 of a mile. A pullout on the right holds the location of the 10th monument.

 

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