Road Trip 1926: SR 59

Today, we focus on a state road in western Indiana, part of which might have been a United States Highway had it not been for construction between 1924 and 1926.

1926 Newspaper listing for the new SR 59.

The official description of the highway is as follows: “State Road 59 – Linton north to Grange Corner in Parke county be way of Jasonville, Rowesville, Clay City, Ashboro, Brazil, Rockville and Marshall. (Known now as State Road 9 except the Brazil-Rockville section which is new road.” It should be noted here that the newspaper articles and the post Great Renumbering 1926 Official State Highway Map listed Howesville as Rowesville. On the 1929 Official State Highway Map it was done correctly, listed as Howesville.

The road was divided into two parts when the Great Renumbering happened. The northern section, from Grange Corner to Rockville was, from 1920 to 1923, part of State Road 10. SR 10 would become part of US 41. Sometime between 1923 and 1926, SR 10 was rerouted to bypass the center of Rockville, skirting the edge of town. The old SR 10 route would be changed to SR 9 to match the Linton to Brazil section.

All this jockeying around of roads didn’t matter in the end. By 1929, SR 59 would go nowhere near Rockville, leaving Brazil due north ending at Bellmore and the section that existed in 1926 from Rockville north would be returned to county jurisdiction. I guess you could say it was the first road abandoned by the Indiana State Highway Commission. Looks like I will covering that as some point.

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