1913: Road Trips to and from Madison

In the early 20th Century, most roads in the United States were still gravel, at best, and dirt roads that turned into muddy messes at worst. But that was changing with the Good Roads movement. Today, I am going to do something that I have only done with the “Road Trip 1926” series: use images to pass along information. Today, I am using the Indianapolis Star of 31 August 1913 to show a road trip from Indianapolis to Madison and back.

The layout of the article matches Trip books of the day, giving mile by mile detail of the route and things found along the way. It makes for an interesting read. It leaves Indianapolis along the Michigan Road (Southeastern Avenue). The trip comes back from Madison along the Madison State Road. The trip detail ends at Columbus…but gives directions on how to get back to the Circle City.

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