Still known as the Michigan Road in some places

A few weeks ago I posted about a marker for the historic Michigan Road in Rochester. It is now considered a historic byway in Indiana. Today I thought it would be interesting to note the road is still actually called the Michigan Road in some locations. I took this photo near Plymouth. Instead of Old U.S. 31, the road is officially known as the Michigan Road. In fact through the city of Plymouth I believe it is also known as the Michigan Road. It goes right through the heart of downtown Plymouth. The Michigan Road is one of the oldest commissioned roads in all of Indiana. In the northern part of the state it passed through several counties including St. Joseph, Marshall, Fulton, Cass and others. Last summer I had an opportunity to drive part of the route, more specifically between about Rochester and Plymouth. I noticed several old farmhouses and barns and the fact the road goes through the middle of many towns. Such was the case of early road building. Keep your eyes open and you will notice other historical clues.

Still known as the Michigan Road near Plymouth.

Still known as the Michigan Road near Plymouth.


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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