Signs show route of old Michigan Road

In northern Indiana, when it comes to historic roads the Lincoln Highway often comes to mind. It was, after all, a coast to coast road. But when thinking of  historic roads that were only in Indiana, the Michigan Road is at or near the top of the list. It was commissioned by the state in 1829 and finished by the late 1830s. The road connected Madison on the Ohio River in southern Indiana with Michigan City at Lake Michigan. As one could imagine, the road opened up areas for settlement that were previously almost inaccessible. There were other benefits, too, such as improved shipment of goods and products and commerce. Among the counties the road came through in northern Indiana were Fulton, Marshall, St. Joseph and LaPorte. The photo shows a sign that is pretty typical along the route of the old Michigan Road. This particular sign is in Rochester. Today, the Michigan Road is actually many routes including the first alignment of U.S. 31 and others. There are still several historical remnants along the entire original route from southern to northern Indiana. Keep watching this blog for some of those remnants.

Michigan Road marker in Rochester.

Michigan Road marker in Rochester.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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