Hoosier Dixie Highway

Most “road geeks” are very familiar with the Dixie Highway. Heck, there is even a group on Facebook dedicated to the history of that very iconic highway. But, there were two lesser known “Dixie Highways” of sorts travelling through Indiana.

The first one ran along the western part of the state, known as the “Dixie Bee Line.” From what I have gathered, the “Bee” was a play on words…both referencing the flying insect, and the letter “B,” as in second Dixie Highway. Ignoring the fact that there were actually two routes of the more famous trail.

The second was called the “Hoosier Dixie Highway (HDH).” That is the subject of this entry. The HDH connected the Lincoln Highway at Goshen to the Dixie Highway at Cincinnati. There are big sections of this old road that would make it, albeit not permanently, into the state highway system.

Starting at Goshen, it would travel roughly due south through Waterford, Milford, Leesburg, Warsaw and Silver Lake. Turning east, it would travel toward North Manchester, although it would never make it to the town. It would turn south toward Wabash, sharing the route through Urbana to Wabash with the Hills and Lakes road.

From Wabash, it would turn southeast toward Marion, taking La Fontaine into the road’s fold. At Marion, it would be joined by both the Belt Line and the Ben Hur Route. It would share the route with one or both of these to Gas City.

From Gas City, the HDH would go through Fairmount, Summitville, Alexander to Anderson.

South of Anderson, the road would split into two routes: one through Middletown, and one through Markleville. The two routes met again west of Cadiz, where the route would enter New Castle. Southeast out of New Castle, it connected to the old National Road at Dublin, after winding its way through New Lisbon.

The HDH then traveled with the National Old Trails Road (old National Road) to Cambridge City. It would then travel south, along the 1926 version of SR 1, through Milton and Beesons to Connersville. It would then travel through Everton and Blooming Grove to Brookville. From there, it would follow, roughly, what is now US 52 and old US 52 through Cedar Grove, New Trenton, Longnecker and West Harrison towards it’s eventual end at Cincinnati.

While most of this road is still mostly travelable, there are places that are lost to time and private property. I would love to do a road trip of this old route. Or as most of it as I can.

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