Richmond Palladium, 9 February 1833 – Road Laws Galore

Early in the history of the state of Indiana, the General Assembly made it a point to flood the chamber with laws concerning the creation of transportation facilities. It would be, partly, due to this flooding that a) the state would go bankrupt and b) the state would ultimately write a new Constitution in 1851. This post is to focus on one newspaper article on one particular day…showing the number of state road laws that would be introduced to the General Assembly. All spelling and grammar are as they appeared in the Richmond Palladium, 9 February 1833, pp 2.

1) An act to locate a state road from Salem via Middletown to Orleans in Orange county.

2) To incorporate the Charlestown and Ohio turnpike county.

3) To locate a state road from South Bend in St. Joseph County, via mouth of Elkhart and seat of justice in Lagrange county to the east line of this state, in the direction of Vistula on Maumee Bay, in the State of Ohio.

4) To repeal an act to locate state road from New Albany to Lexington; approved February 2, 1832.

5) To establish a state road from the Ohio line in Union county to Richmond in Wayne county.

6) To declare the post road passing Allensville in Switzerland county, a state road.

7) To establish a state road from Rockville in Parke county, via the narrows of Sugar Creek in said county, to Lafayette in Tippecanoe county and for others purposes.

8) For the location of a state road from Chambersburgh in Fountain county to Williamsport in Warren county.

9) To provide for establishing a state road from Covington to Russellville.

10) To locate a state road from Martinsville in the county of Morgan, by the way of Cox’s mill and Solomon Dunagan,s in said Morgan county to Stilesville in the county of Hendricks.

11) Supplemental to an act entitled an act from the location of a state road from Wood’s ferry, on the eastbranch of White river, in Lawrence county, to Bloomfield in Green county, approved January 24, 1832.

12) To establish a state road from John R. Crook’s in Lawrence county, to intersect the Rockport state road at Mark Trueblood’s in said county.

13) To establish a state road from the Tobacco landing, in Harrison county, by way of Laconia to Corydon, in said county and for other purposes.

14) To amend an act providing for the erection of a bridge across Rattlesnake creek in Owen county.

15) Supplemental to an act entitled an act to locate a State road from Merom, in Sullivan county, to a point on the Terre Haute and Bono State road, approved, January 20, 1832.

16) To locate a state road from Lafayette in Tippecanoe county, to intersect a state road leading from Delphi in Carroll county, to Lake Michigan.

17) To locate a part of the State road from Rockport to Boonville.

18) To establish a State road from Greencastle, in the county of Putnam, to the county line of Parke.

19) To establish a state road from Salem, in Washington county, to Leesville, in Lawrence county.

20) To locate a state road from the Ohio line near Hillsboro, Wayne county, to intersect the Winchester and Newcastle state road in Henry county.

21) To locate a state road from Montezuma.

22) To change a part of the state road from Leavenworth’s mill to Orleans in Orange county.

23) To locate a state road from Stilesville, by the way of New Maysville, to Crawfordsville.

24) To establish a state road from the Ohio line to Dalton near the west boundary of Wayne county.

25) To locate a State road from Greencastle in Putnam county to Carlisle in Sullivan county, by way of Manhattan in Putnam county, and Bowllinggreen and New Brunswick in Clay county.

26) Changing the direction of a road from Judge Lowrie’s farm to Paris, Illinois.

27) To establish a State road from Napoleon in Ripley county, via Camden, Newbern and Columbus in Bartholomew county to Bloomington in Monroe county.

28) To relocate part of the State road leading from Spencer in Owen county, to Danville in Hendricks county.

29) To locate a state road from Martinsville, in Morgan county, to intersect the State road leading from Madison to Edinburgh, in Johnson county, by way of Morgantown, in said Morgan county.

30) To legalize the proceedings of the commissioner appointed to mark and locate a State road from the town of Lagrange in Tippecanoe county, to Logansport in the county of Cass, by an act, approved, Feb. 3, 1832.

31) To establish a State road in Vigo county.

32) To locate a State road from where the Michigan road crosses Yellow river, by the way of the county seat of LaPorte county, to the mouth of Trail creek.

33) To locate a State road from Williamsport in Warren county by the way of Lebanon and Chesapeake to the State line.

34) To establish a state road from Bloomington in Monroe county to the Great Falls on Eel river.

35) To provide for the location of a state road from Newport in Vermillion county, via Springfield, Eugene and Perrysville to the northern boundary of said county.

36) Supplemental to an act entitled “an act to provide for selling the Michigan road between Logansport and Lake Michigan , and for other purposes,” approved Feb. 2, 1832.

37) To establish a state road from the town of Michigan to the town of Jefferson, by the way of Frankfort, in the county of Clinton, Indiana.

38) For the location of a state road.

39) To relocate a part of the state road leading from Martinsville, in Morgan county, to Danville in Hendricks county.

40) To amend an act entitled an act for the location and opening a state road from Logansport via Turkey creek and Elkhart prairie, to the northern line of the state in the direction of Pigeon prairie in Michigan Territory, approved Dec. 29, 1830.

The following line reads “Concluded next week.” There were 40 different road laws in just this newspaper. Imagine, if you will, that there were numerous years of these laws from at least 1821. Remember, the only state road that Indiana actually owned was the Michigan Road. All the other roads listed were built by the state, but given over to the counties immediately thereafter.

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