The Historic Michigan Road Association has a new Web site at http://www.historicmichiganroad.org. On it you’ll find information about the road’s history and many of the fun things you can do and see along the route.
The HMRA is moving slowly but surely toward our vision of driving heritage tourism along the entire Michigan Road. Now that the road is signed along (almost) all the route, we can start directing travelers along it to the attractions and events along it. You’ll find information on the site about some of those things to do, and we will add more in time to make it a comprehensive guide to Michigan Road fun.
But we haven’t taken away the information about the Michigan Road’s place in Indiana history. Our hearts beat for historic preservation in the HMRA, and we support preserving both the route and the historic buildings that dot it.
I built the new site on WordPress.com, which has become a great way to quickly and inexpensively build a Web site. Did you know that WordPress powers more than 25% of the Web? WordPress.com lets me add content to the site quickly and easily. It makes the site automatically scale to whatever device you’re viewing it on: desktop, tablet, or phone. And WordPress.com’s system administrators do all the backend maintenance so I don’t have to.
This replaces an older, static HTML site that I built in Microsoft FrontPage. It was great as an online calling card when we were still working to have the road named an Indiana historic byway, and it worked sort of well enough for the first year or two afterward while we organized the HMRA and got our first initiatives underway. But now that we’re ready to really lean into our heritage-tourism mission, I’m not sad to see it go.