Welcome Aboard!

Welcome to the Indiana Transportation History site. The whole purpose of this site to to share and discuss any information about the state of Indiana, and the transportation facilities that helped build it. Indiana has been known as the “Crossroads of America” for a lot of years. We’re here to explain why.

Auto Trails

Auto Trail Quick Take, Part 1
Auto Trail Quick Take, Part 2
Auto Trail Quick Take, Part 3
11 FEB 2019: Crossroads of America
Hoosier Dixie Highway
14 FEB 2019: The Grand-daddy of all Auto Routes: The Lincoln Highway In Indiana

Bicycling Thursdays

24 OCT 2019: Bicycling the Pendleton Pike

Canals and Waterways

Canals & The Mammoth Internal Improvement Act of 1836

General Entries

1933: Public Works Road Projects of Marion County, Part I
1933: Public Works Road Projects of Marion County, Part II
Auto Trails and Historic Roads, Not Quite the Same
Be Careful When Reading Maps, They Might Lie on Purpose
Carl Graham Fisher
Carroll County Toll Road Violence
INDOT’s 12,000 mile limit
Indiana Official Maps
Most Used Information Sites for Indiana Transportation History
Survey Lines and County Roads

The Facebook post that started it all
The Town Name is the Name of the Road, but How Do We Get There?
Toll Roads, and State Takeover
US Highways: They are actually State Roads
US and Interstate Numbers and the “Crossroads of America”
When Property Owners Put Themselves Ahead of Military
Why Indiana Transportation History?

Railroads

1903: Big Four Special crash kills 15 Purdue Footballers
Extra: Big Four Purdue Special Crash
Indianapolis Southern Railway
Indianapolis Union Depot
Indianapolis Union Station: How the Tracks Came to Be
Major Indiana Railroad Disasters up to 1903
Pennsylvania Lines West of Pittsburgh and Erie
The Big Four Railway
The Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway
The Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railway, Part II
The Fairland, Franklin & Martinsville Railroad
The Madison & Indianapolis Railroad
The rise and fall of Indiana’s first long distance railroad

Road Trip: 1926

Road Trip 1926: US 31

State Roads

Beginnings of the Indiana State Highway System
Danville State Road
Fight for Adding SR 44 from Martinsville to Rushville
I-70 at Greenfield
Indiana Highway Laws, 1917 & 1919
Indiana Roads Before the 1919 State Highway Commission
Indiana State Road Numbers
Road Boosting: Michigan Road
Road Trip: Franklin-Noblesville State Road
The National Road in Marion County
The State Taketh, the State Giveth Back
The Tail of Two Roads: National Road and Centerville State Road
SR 34 and “Daughters”
SR 35 (or SR 135)
SR 100: How did it come to be?
SR 252
US 31 in Hamilton and Marion Counties
US 31 In Johnson and Marion Counties
US 36 in Indiana

Towns and Cities

Brightwood
Indianapolis: Crossroads City
Madison
Planned “Road Trip 1926,” SR 9 and Mount Etna, Indiana
Planned “Road Trip 1926,” SR 67, and Romona, Indiana

Chronological Order

The Facebook post that started it all.
US Highways: They are actually State Roads
Madison
The Grand-daddy of all Auto Routes: The Lincoln Highway In Indiana