Road Trips

Secrets of Indiana’s US 50 – revealed!

Longtime readers know that I spent my spare Saturdays last summer exploring US 50 across Indiana. Reports from the road filled this blog for weeks. But I didn’t share everything with you.

I didn’t show you all the vintage signs attached to a building near Lawrenceburg.

Sign Collage

I didn’t tell you about the brief abandoned alignment I found west of Dillsboro.

Abandoned US 50

I didn’t mention the welcoming committee that met me in Aurora.

Aurora, Indiana

I overlooked that US 50 crosses both alignments of the historic Michigan Road.

US 50 at the Michigan Road

I could have showed way more about the towns I visited, such as this shot from Vincennes.

Vincennes Main Street

I sort of forgot to bring up the tank on the courthouse lawn in Brownstown.

Tankity tank tank

And I kept to myself the big rock formation on old US 50 south of Shoals.

Rock formation on Spout Springs Road

I can keep these and many other overlooked gems along Indiana’s US 50 secret no longer! I have written them all up, with my usual obsessive-compulsive thoroughness, on my roads pages at

Click here to read US 50 in Indiana

I’ve also covered US 40 and the National Road in western Indiana in detail. Check it out.


19 thoughts on “Secrets of Indiana’s US 50 – revealed!

  1. Beautiful photos and great narrative!

    I miss small towns that weren’t just apartment complexes built around office parks and big-box stores. They still exist, but you have to travel a ways “down the road” to find them. Thanks for doing the legwork.

    Did you keep the cat? :-)

    • Thanks, Scott! There are still a few real small towns in southern Indiana. They make great day trips. And no, I didn’t keep the cat — my dog would never forgive me!

  2. Wow, great photos! I haven’t been to Indiana in a long time, but I’ve traveled there for business and always thought it was beautiful. This makes me want to go back!

    • It was quite a surprise to come upon that place! I spent a half hour on the premises taking pictures. The place was open; nobody came out to question me. I imagine they get a lot of photographers!

  3. George Gruner says:

    Took my first flying lesson from Greg Frey at O’neal airport across the Wabash from Vincennes when US 50 crossed the river on what is now IL33- that was about 50 years ago. My Dad had a business just off Main. Thanks for the pics and for sparking some really great memories.

      • Dave greulich says:

        More about US 50 in the Aurora-Dillsboro-Versailles area. I drvie that way often and have for many years. The pics and comments piqued my curiosity more than ever. I located on line a Dearborn County Atlas dated 1875 and checked some of the roads. What is now IN 62 joined the now US 50 at Dillsboro. The now IN 262 was the Rising Sun-Versailles Road and it went roughly SE-NW through Dillsboro as did the the Lawrenceburg-Dillsboro Road, now US 50. The Atlas clearly shows two Dillsboro roads, the Lower Dillsboro Road (following a creek valley) and the one that followed the ridges to Dillsboro. So maybe the SR 4 and US 50. were always the ridge route?

        It looks like three roads converged at Dillsboro and became a single road from Dillsboro to Versailles?

        IN 62 from Dillsboro to IN 129 is mostly the original path. There are a couple of minor realignments to solve local problems and you can see the scars of an earlier bridge in a valley before you get to Farmer’s Retreat. The Atlas shows a number of roads which still are in those locations today.

        I am going to return to Versailles in the next couple of weeks for some deep study. Jim’s comments have spurred me to look closely at things I had only “wondered” about. A lot of this may be way more detail than it deserves but to me it does add color to an already colorful travelog.

        • Thanks for doing that sleuthing! I love knowing the old names for modern roads. And it’s not at all surprising that that section of 62 is much the same as it was in the 1800s – it didn’t become a major artery, so no widenings/smoothings/straightenings became necessary.

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