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Dixie Highway
Description:
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 HighwayVinsetta Garage - Berkley, MI

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Michigan's Oldest and Most Recognized Source Of Comprehensive Automotive Service.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/26/2007

last visited: 6/21/2012

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Dixie HighwayNational Shrine of the Little Flower - Royal Oak, MI

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In the autumn of 1998, the Shrine of the Little Flower Church was declared a national shrine by the United States Bishops’ Conference, one of only five in this country.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 1/1/2008

last visited: 10/15/2017

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Dixie HighwayWetmore's Complete Car Care Center - Ferndale, MI

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“Stop Where You See the Car on the Roof”

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/8/2007

last visited: 3/18/2012

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Dixie HighwayWoodward Tribute - Ferndale, MI

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Driving down Woodward (Dixie Highway) north of downtown Ferndale, you will see a 30-foot glass and solar-powered pillar called the Woodward Tribute.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member scrapcat

location: Michigan

date approved: 8/11/2011

last visited: 3/27/2012

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Dixie HighwayFerndale Elks Lodge #1588 - Ferndale, MI

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Elks Lodge #1588 is located along Woodward Avenue in downtown Ferndale, Michigan

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bobfrapples8

location: Michigan

date approved: 10/20/2022

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayComo's Restaurant - Ferndale, MI

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Some say they've got the best pizza in town.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/9/2007

last visited: 3/18/2012

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Dixie HighwayCrow's Nest on Woodward & 9 Mile - Ferndale, MI

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Replica of early traffic signal.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 8/23/2007

last visited: 10/13/2022

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Dixie HighwayAthens Coney Island - Royal Oak, MI

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"A Woodward Avenue tradition since 1964"

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/26/2007

last visited: 3/21/2012

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Dixie HighwayAlban's Bottle & Basket Restaurant - Birmingham, MI

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"Turn in for a Big Wheel Sandwich"

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 11/30/2007

last visited: 3/21/2012

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Dixie HighwayFontaine Motel - Detroit, MI

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Classic motel complete with vintage neon sign.

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location: Michigan

date approved: 12/9/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayWoodward Avenue - Highland Park, MI

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The Modern World's First Slab of Concrete Roadway

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/24/2007

last visited: 2/3/2022

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Dixie HighwayFord Motor Company Plant - Highland Park Michigan

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All of Woodward Avenue was designated US 10, which extended northward along Dixie Highway. The Ford Motor Company Highland Park Plant is significant for being, among other things, where Henry Ford first began the mass production of automobiles.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: Michigan

date approved: 1/9/2010

last visited: 2/3/2022

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Celebrity Hangout?

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/9/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwaySagano Motel - Pontiac, MI

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An ol' motel along Woodward Avenue in Pontiac.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/29/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayForster's Auto Wash - Pontiac, MI

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You gotta wash it sometime...

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 1/1/2008

last visited: 3/13/2012

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Now one of the best theaters in Detroit for concerts, the former State Theatre (originally the Palms Theatre) still pays tribute to its glorious movie palace past by showing classic films during the summer. The theatre is located half a block from the Fox Theatre.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/9/2007

last visited: 5/1/2011

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Dixie HighwayBoblo Island Detroit Dock - Detroit, MI

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The sign for the Boblo Island Boats.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/9/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayDixieland Antique Flea Market - Waterford, MI

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Weekend marketplace for over thirty years!

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/22/2007

last visited: 8/1/2014

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Dixie HighwayHighlander Motel - Waterford, MI

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There Can Be Only One...

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/22/2007

last visited: 3/13/2012

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Dixie HighwaySherwood Motel - Waterford, MI

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Robin Hood slept here...

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/22/2007

last visited: 3/13/2012

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Dixie HighwayHoward Johnson's Restaurant - Waterford, MI

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FRIED CLAMS

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 11/1/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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Portrait Studio on Dixie Highway

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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Dixie HighwayStonehenge Inn - Ecorse, MI

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Since 1974

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/9/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayNational Coney Island - Waterford, MI

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Hungry? Thirsty? Here's a good place to stop.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/31/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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Dixie HighwayAC–Tire and Service Center - Waterford, MI

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“A Name You’ve Trusted for Generations” Since 1973

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/29/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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