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As an owner operator in Indiana, you're well acquainted with the 1,169 miles of interstate system that connects the state. It may seem that there is always road construction going on somewhere but if you know a bit about the first state funded road in Indiana you may have more of an appreciation for those orange cones and one lane bridges.
The Michigan Road was the first road commissioned by the Indiana State Legislature in 1826, just ten years after Indiana achieved statehood in 1816. The capital had been moved from Corydon in the south to Indianapolis in the swampy middle and people needed a way to get there. The Michigan Road started at Madison and ended at Michigan City, 270 miles.
A treaty with the Pottawatomie Indians negotiated a 100 foot wide strip of land from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan. Just a few years later The Pottawatomie left their homes near Plymouth, Indiana, by forced evacuation, taking the same road on their way west.
Road surfaces were a bit different when The Michigan Road was being built. In swampy areas where horses and wagons were at risk of sinking the road was corduroyed, logs laid across the surface with sand covering the logs. Some places had wood planks, giving the luxury of a smooth surface. It was a grand highway in its time, in spite of being consistently passable only summer through fall. Spring rains and northern snow made the road a sloppy mess most of the year.
The Michigan Road still exists today, though not in its original form. As new highways were built and the interstate came into existence, the road has been moved in places and just disappeared in others. The Michigan Road has recently become named an historic byway. Traveling through the cities and towns that exist on The Michigan Road is a glimpse into Indiana’s past. Here are one lane bridges, cemeteries first started in the 1800’s and the churches that go with them, stately homes, a former toll house, town squares, and land that looks almost as it did when the road was new.
From north to south The Michigan Road passes through the following cities and towns: Michigan City, New Carlisle, South Bend, Lakeville, LaPaz, Plymouth, Argos, Rochester, Fulton, Logansport, Burlington, Michigantown, Kirklin, Indianapolis, Shelbyville, Middleton, St. Omer, Greensburg, Slabtown, Smyma, Napolean, Dabney, New Marion, Bryantsburg, & Madison.