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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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Historical marker in Homewood giving a brief history of the historic Dixie Highway which passes through eastern Illinois.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Illinois

date approved: 12/22/2007

last visited: 11/24/2008

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Intersection of the west branch of the Dixie Highway and the Lincoln Highway often called "Crossroads of the Nation" is marked with an historic fountain.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Illinois

date approved: 12/22/2007

last visited: 9/7/2009

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This is the first "DH" flagged sign that I have seen in the wild.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft

location: Illinois

date approved: 12/22/2007

last visited: 4/24/2011

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Spotted these while taking the scenic route to U of Illinois in Champaign.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn

location: Illinois

date approved: 11/12/2009

last visited: 4/26/2019

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Originally known as "Lincoln Fields," Balmoral Park has been racing horses since 1926.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme

location: Illinois

date approved: 4/4/2008

last visited: 9/11/2008

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The western section of the Dixie Highway began adjacent to Grant Park at the intersection of Michigan and Washington.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty

location: Illinois

date approved: 7/9/2007

last visited: 5/10/2019

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Nearly intact rotosphere located along the Dixie Hwy. Looks like it is still trying to shine.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kbarhow

location: Indiana

date approved: 1/14/2010

last visited: 6/22/2013

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Memorial plaque on bolder along Illinois Rt. 1, the Dixie Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member adgorn

location: Illinois

date approved: 11/18/2009

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