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Dixie Highway
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The Dixie Highway carried early auto tourists from the Midwestern US and Canada to Florida. When the US highway system was established, most of this system was absorbed into the nascent numbering system, some were not. Over time, much of it has been renamed, and the remaining named portions are like an incomplete puzzle. This category is an effort to fill in those missing pieces, connecting what time and progress have severed.
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Whatever Happened to the Dixie Highway?

The Good Roads movement, started in response to bicyclist's needs, then shifted to promoting longer, transcontinental roads.

The History of The Dixie Highway

The Dixie Highway was promoted heavily by Carl Graham Fisher. By 1925 it was over 5,706 miles long and stretched as far north as Ontario, Canada and reached as far south as Florida City, Florida.

The first thoughts of a highway to connect the Midwest and the south occurred in 1914. The organizational meeting for the Dixie Highway Association occurred on April 3, 1915 in Chattanooga, TN. The name was chosen to honor "Fifty Years of Peace" between the North and South.

In May 1915, the decision was made to have two mainlines; competition had been so keen between candidate cities which insured parallel routes and plans for a second northern end in Michigan. By June, cities were celebrating the new highway. In 1916, Michigan joined the Dixie Highway Association and the eastern leg was extended north into Canada. The roads comprising the east and west mainlines were complete by 1927, and the Dixie Highway Association disbanded.

When the U.S. Highway System was laid out in 1925 and 1926, an effort was made to keep some established routes on a single number. The Lincoln Highway became US 30. The National Pike became US 40.

The Dixie Highway did not lend itself to such numbering, with two mainlines and a number of connecting routes.

The route of the Dixie Highway was marked by a red stripe with the letters "DH" on it, usually with a white stripe above and below. This was commonly painted on telephone and telegraph poles along the route.

Old auto-trail signs for the Dixie Highway were replaced as the states adopted uniform sign standards. The Dixie Highway today exists primarily on street signs. Local roads bear witness of a grand past as major interstate corridors.

Today, you could make a good case for calling I-75 the Modern Dixie Highway.

In general, this alignment comprises the following roads:

Eastern Division

U.S. Route 1, Miami, FL to Jacksonville, FL

U.S. Route 17, Jacksonville to Savannah, GA

State Route 21, State Route 24 and U.S. Route 25, Savannah to Augusta, GA

U.S. Route 25, Augusta to Newport, TN

U.S. Route 25W, Newport to Corbin, KY

U.S. Route 25 and former US 25, Corbin to Detroit, MI

Former U.S. Route 10, Detroit to Flint, MI

U.S. Route 23, Flint to Mackinaw City, MI

Former U.S. Route 2, St. Ignace, MI to Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Western Division

U.S. Route 41, Miami, FL to Punta Gorda, FL

U.S. Route 17, Punta Gorda to Orlando, FL

U.S. Route 441, Orlando to High Springs, FL

U.S. Route 27, High Springs to Tallahassee, FL

U.S. Route 319, Tallahassee to Thomasville, GA

U.S. Route 19, Thomasville to Americus, GA

State Route 49, Americus to Macon, GA

U.S. Route 41, Macon to Springfield, TN

U.S. Route 431, Springfield to Russellville, KY

U.S. Route 68, Russellville to Bowling Green, KY

U.S. Route 31W, Bowling Green to Louisville, KY

U.S. Route 150, Louisville to Paoli, IN

State Road 37, Paoli to Indianapolis, IN

U.S. Route 136, Indianapolis to Danville, IL

Illinois Route 1, Danville to Chicago

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Instructions for Posting a Dixie Highway Waymark:
Pictures of locations found along Dixie Highway of significant interest.

Waymarks from along any segment of Dixie Highway's history are valid.

Submissions to this category must be found along Dixie Highway and must be judged as acceptable by qualifying for at least one of these three criteria:

1.Is it distinctive or of significant interest?

2.Is it an important milestone or marker?

3. One photo and GPS coordinates are essential for submission.

We would also appreciate having a web link and a physical address, but are optional.

Lastly, please respect the rights of authors and photographers. If you are using third party materials and you want your waymark to be accepted in this category then please mention your source.

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Dixie HighwayLafayette Avenue Bridge - Bay City, MI

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The Lafayette Avenue Bridge is a set of two small bridges located in Bay City, Michigan.

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 4/28/2009

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Roof-top Landlocked Lighthouse!

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 4/28/2009

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Dixie HighwayJohn W Putz Hardware Inc - Bay City, MI

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This hardware store opened in 1916

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 4/28/2009

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Dixie HighwayFlamingo Motel - Bay City, MI

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A classic motel sign.

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayTemple Theater - Saginaw, MI

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Temple Theatre opened in 1927

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayDixie Coach Mobile Home Supplier (Dixie Coach Supply) - Saginaw, MI

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What better way to travel, along any highway?

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location: Michigan

date approved: 12/9/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayMichigan Central Railroad Standish Depot - Standish, MI

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Also known as Standish Depot, renovation begun in 2005

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 9/10/2016

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Dixie HighwayFlame of Freedom - Flint, MI

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Honoring all the men and women of Genesee County who served in the Armed Forces of the United Staes in time of war.

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 5/22/2018

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Dixie HighwayVehicle City - Flint, MI

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Not to be confused with the Motor City.

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/27/2007

last visited: never

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Citizens Bank Headquarters' Weatherball

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayApplegate Chevrolet - Flint, MI

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Wanna bite?

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/30/2007

last visited: 6/5/2018

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Dixie HighwayGateway Park - Tawas City, MI

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This playground has animal characters built into the slides and the other equipment.

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayBambi Motel - East Tawas, MI

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A very good stay along the Dixie!

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 10/16/2011

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Dixie HighwayMichigan Renaissance Festival - Holly, MI

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Michigan Renaissance Festival is the biggest and best RenFest in the region. Weekends from mig-August to the last September annually. And it takes place right here on the Dixie Highway!

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 1/1/2008

last visited: 9/12/2009

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Dixie Highway1927 Gas Station - Springfield, MI

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An old service station made from field stones, matching with the nearby home.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 9/14/2009

last visited: never

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Dixie HighwayCherry Hill Lanes North - Clarkston, MI

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Neon and Bowling what more could you want? Cherry Hill Lanes North 6697 Dixie Highway Clarkston, MI 48346-2918 248-625-5011

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location: Michigan

date approved: 5/26/2007

last visited: never

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A Classic Car Dealership

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location: Michigan

date approved: 12/31/2007

last visited: never

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B-B-B-B-Bad to the bone.

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location: Michigan

date approved: 5/10/2008

last visited: 7/5/2008

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Extreme Motel Makeover

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 5/10/2008

last visited: 7/5/2008

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Dixie HighwayL.A. Cafe & Java - Waterford, MI

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A coffee shop on Dixie Highway.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 1/1/2008

last visited: 4/1/2012

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Dixie HighwaySteve's Auto Center & Towing Inc. - Waterford, MI

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In business since 1977.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/29/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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“A Name You’ve Trusted for Generations” Since 1973

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location: Michigan

date approved: 12/29/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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Dixie HighwayNational Coney Island - Waterford, MI

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Hungry? Thirsty? Here's a good place to stop.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 12/31/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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Portrait Studio on Dixie Highway

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location: Michigan

date approved: 11/29/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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Dixie HighwayHoward Johnson's Restaurant - Waterford, MI

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FRIED CLAMS

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7

location: Michigan

date approved: 11/1/2007

last visited: 4/1/2012

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