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Dixie Highway
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The Dixie Highway carried early auto tourists from the Midwestern US and Canada to Florida. When the US highway system was established, most of this system was absorbed into the nascent numbering system, some were not. Over time, much of it has been renamed, and the remaining named portions are like an incomplete puzzle. This category is an effort to fill in those missing pieces, connecting what time and progress have severed.
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Whatever Happened to the Dixie Highway?

The Good Roads movement, started in response to bicyclist's needs, then shifted to promoting longer, transcontinental roads.

The History of The Dixie Highway

The Dixie Highway was promoted heavily by Carl Graham Fisher. By 1925 it was over 5,706 miles long and stretched as far north as Ontario, Canada and reached as far south as Florida City, Florida.

The first thoughts of a highway to connect the Midwest and the south occurred in 1914. The organizational meeting for the Dixie Highway Association occurred on April 3, 1915 in Chattanooga, TN. The name was chosen to honor "Fifty Years of Peace" between the North and South.

In May 1915, the decision was made to have two mainlines; competition had been so keen between candidate cities which insured parallel routes and plans for a second northern end in Michigan. By June, cities were celebrating the new highway. In 1916, Michigan joined the Dixie Highway Association and the eastern leg was extended north into Canada. The roads comprising the east and west mainlines were complete by 1927, and the Dixie Highway Association disbanded.

When the U.S. Highway System was laid out in 1925 and 1926, an effort was made to keep some established routes on a single number. The Lincoln Highway became US 30. The National Pike became US 40.

The Dixie Highway did not lend itself to such numbering, with two mainlines and a number of connecting routes.

The route of the Dixie Highway was marked by a red stripe with the letters "DH" on it, usually with a white stripe above and below. This was commonly painted on telephone and telegraph poles along the route.

Old auto-trail signs for the Dixie Highway were replaced as the states adopted uniform sign standards. The Dixie Highway today exists primarily on street signs. Local roads bear witness of a grand past as major interstate corridors.

Today, you could make a good case for calling I-75 the Modern Dixie Highway.

In general, this alignment comprises the following roads:

Eastern Division

U.S. Route 1, Miami, FL to Jacksonville, FL

U.S. Route 17, Jacksonville to Savannah, GA

State Route 21, State Route 24 and U.S. Route 25, Savannah to Augusta, GA

U.S. Route 25, Augusta to Newport, TN

U.S. Route 25W, Newport to Corbin, KY

U.S. Route 25 and former US 25, Corbin to Detroit, MI

Former U.S. Route 10, Detroit to Flint, MI

U.S. Route 23, Flint to Mackinaw City, MI

Former U.S. Route 2, St. Ignace, MI to Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Western Division

U.S. Route 41, Miami, FL to Punta Gorda, FL

U.S. Route 17, Punta Gorda to Orlando, FL

U.S. Route 441, Orlando to High Springs, FL

U.S. Route 27, High Springs to Tallahassee, FL

U.S. Route 319, Tallahassee to Thomasville, GA

U.S. Route 19, Thomasville to Americus, GA

State Route 49, Americus to Macon, GA

U.S. Route 41, Macon to Springfield, TN

U.S. Route 431, Springfield to Russellville, KY

U.S. Route 68, Russellville to Bowling Green, KY

U.S. Route 31W, Bowling Green to Louisville, KY

U.S. Route 150, Louisville to Paoli, IN

State Road 37, Paoli to Indianapolis, IN

U.S. Route 136, Indianapolis to Danville, IL

Illinois Route 1, Danville to Chicago

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Instructions for Posting a Dixie Highway Waymark:
Pictures of locations found along Dixie Highway of significant interest.

Waymarks from along any segment of Dixie Highway's history are valid.

Submissions to this category must be found along Dixie Highway and must be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria:

1.Is it distinctive or of significant interest?

2.Is it an important milestone or marker?

3. One photo and GPS coordinates are essential for submission.

We would also appreciate having a web link and a physical address, but are optional.

Lastly, please respect the rights of authors and photographers. If you are using third party materials and you want your waymark to be accepted in this category then please mention your source.

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Dixie HighwayThe Abraham Lincoln Birthplace -- Hodgenville KY

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The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace is located along US Hwy31E (The Dixie Highway) near Hodgenville KY

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 3/9/2022

last visited: 5/8/2022

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Dixie HighwayLaRue County Courthouse -- Hodgenville KY

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A historic courthouse in Hodgenville KY, along the Dixie Highway (east branch)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 3/9/2022

last visited: 3/20/2022

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Dixie HighwayState Theatre -- Elizabethtown KY

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The 1940s-vintage State Theatre, built along the Dixie Highway in downtown Elizabethtown Kentucky

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 3/4/2022

last visited: 3/8/2022

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Dixie HighwayElizabethtown Cemetery -- Elizabethtown KY

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Elegant and graceful Elizabethtown cemetery has been serving this community since the middle of the 19th century, and is located along the Dixie Highway

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 3/4/2022

last visited: 3/8/2022

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Dixie HighwayCannonball -- Elizabethtown KY

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A Civil War cannonball lodged in the side of a building in downtown Elizabethtown Kentucky fired by Morgan's (Confederate) Raiders during the US Civil War

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 3/4/2022

last visited: 3/8/2022

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Dixie HighwayHardin County Courthouse -- Elizabethtown KY

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The Hardin County Courthouse is literally located in the center of the Dixie Highway. Inattentive drivers could run right through it

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 3/4/2022

last visited: 3/8/2022

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Dixie HighwayGeorge Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge -- Clarksville IN-Louisville KY

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The elegant George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge on US HWY 31 spans the Ohio River between Clarksville IN and Louisville KY

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 2/24/2022

last visited: 2/24/2022

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Dixie HighwayKentucky & Indiana (K&I) Bridge -- Louisville KY-New Albany IN

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The 2nd K&I Interurban RR bridge was built in 1912 across the Ohio River, connecting New Albany KY with Floyd Co. IN. It also formerly handled automobile traffic along US Hwy 31W, the Dixie Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 2/24/2022

last visited: 2/24/2022

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Dixie HighwayBattle of Munfordville -- Munfordville KY

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This KY Historical Marker preserves the memory of a local Civil War battle along the US 31W, the western branch of the Dixie Highway

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 2/17/2022

last visited: 2/22/2022

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Dixie HighwayBattle of Rowlett's Station -- Rowlett's Station KY

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The KY State historical marker for the Battle of Rowlett's Station, along the Dixie Highway near Munfordville KY.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 2/17/2022

last visited: 2/22/2022

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Dixie HighwayHorse Cave -- Cave City KY

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Cave City KY, home of Horse Cave, a tourist attraction on the Dixie Highway then and now

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Kentucky

date approved: 2/17/2022

last visited: 2/22/2022

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Dixie HighwayMemorial Parkway - Rossford, Ohio

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Located on the median strip along the Dixie Highway in front of the Rossford High School.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose

location: Ohio

date approved: 9/21/2021

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayDixie Highway-Bus US 25/70-Marshall, NC

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Located in front of the courthouse in Marshall.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62

location: North Carolina

date approved: 1/11/2019

last visited: 12/30/2018

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Dixie HighwayDixie Highway-US 25/70-Hot Springs, NC

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Located on US 25/70 at Serpentine Ave., Hot Springs

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62

location: North Carolina

date approved: 1/11/2019

last visited: 12/30/2018

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Dixie HighwayDixie Highway-US 25/70-NC/TN State Line

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Located at the North Carolina/Tennessee line on US 25/70.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62

location: North Carolina

date approved: 1/11/2019

last visited: 12/30/2018

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Dixie HighwayBrevard County Line Monument-Mims, Florida

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A monument welcoming motorists to Brevard County, Florida on US 1 at the Volusia County Line.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BoomersOTR

location: Florida

date approved: 8/3/2018

last visited: 8/4/2018

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Dixie HighwayWelcome to Polk County - Kissimmee, Florida

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Located on Old Tampa Highway just South West of Osceola Polk Line Road. The road had deteriorated over the years but is still clear and safe to travel.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mTn_biKer65

location: Florida

date approved: 11/9/2017

last visited: 6/17/2021

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Dixie HighwayFive Armies Memorial -- Rossville Blvd/Dixie Highway/US 27, Chattanooga TN

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Two tall stone columns with bronze plaque dedicate this segment of the Dixie Highway to the five armies that marched through here from the Civil War to WWII.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/28/2017

last visited: 8/3/2017

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A cannon captured during the Spanish American War and given to the City of Chattanooga in 1900 is an interesting curiosity a few blocks off the Battlefield Route of the Dixie Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/28/2017

last visited: 8/2/2017

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Dixie HighwayFountain Square Firefighter Memorial -- Chattanooga TN

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A landmark in Chattanooga since 1887, this unique park and fountain stands just a few blocks off the Dixie Highway

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/28/2017

last visited: 8/2/2017

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Dixie HighwayHamilton County Courthouse -- Chattanooga TN

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The Hamilton County Courthouse in downtown Chattanooga, 2 blocks east of the Dixie Highway, would have been a great place for early travelers to stop for a picnic

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/28/2017

last visited: 3/20/2021

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The Iowa Monument honoring her sons who fought at the Battle of Missionary Ridge stands along the Dixie Highway/US 27/Lafayette Road in Rossville GA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Georgia

date approved: 10/28/2017

last visited: 8/2/2017

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Dixie HighwayChickamauga National Battlefield Park -- Ft. Oglethorpe GA

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The Chickamauga National Battlefield Park is located in Ft. Oglethorpe GA along the US 27 -- the "Battlefield Route" split of the western division of The Dixie Highway

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Georgia

date approved: 10/28/2017

last visited: 5/10/2022

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Dixie HighwayHeadquarters of the Dixie Highway Association -- Chattanooga TN

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The city of Chattanooga was the site of the first national meeting of the Dixie Highway Association and the site of the DHA National Headquarters

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Tennessee

date approved: 10/23/2017

last visited: 8/2/2017

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Dixie HighwayThe Strand Theatre -- Marietta GA

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Tourists and locals would have used the Dixie Highway to get to Marietta's grand Strand theatre downtown

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Georgia

date approved: 10/23/2017

last visited: 8/19/2018

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