single frame: Abandoned Dixie Highway

Abandoned SR 37

Abandoned Dixie Highway
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm f/3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA

I used to write up every road trip I took in meticulous detail. I thought these old highways were interesting, and I figured others might think so too. I even thought that perhaps my documentary work might prove important one day.

At first I shared my trip reports on my old HTML site, which is still available here. I gave that up in 2012 to focus entirely on this blog.

I still love the old roads. I just don’t feel compelled to document them anymore. You can see it in how I approach my road trips on this blog. No longer do I comprehensively document each trip from end to end. Instead, I share the interesting sights I see in my travels, especially when I get good photographs of them.

But when I’m on the old road I still look for the abandoned segments, even if I don’t always share them with you. This one is just north of Martinsville, Indiana, on the old Dixie Highway and State Road 37. A road signed “Old State Road 37” is just ahead; it goes directly to downtown Martinsville. The modern SR 37 expressway is 500 feet to the left; typical of such roads, it bypasses the town.


4 responses to “single frame: Abandoned Dixie Highway”

  1. Les Avatar

    Jim, I must tell you that I have the same type of camera and it works well. I also did have a 28-80mm Lens, but I made a mistake by dropping it a few months ago. Did not work well after that! I use the Pentax quite often.

    There are some old abandonded roads around here, also. RT61 up near the town of Centraila is one of them. Portions of that road are closed due to the old Mine Fire that has been burning since 1962! I still have some images I took of it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I just got the K10D and this was my first major outing with it. I haven’t figured out yet how to get the best from it, but I’m sure I will.

      PA 61 near Centralia is legendary! I just looked it up on Google Maps — cool that Maps still shows it but marks it as destroyed.

      1. Les Avatar

        RT 61 is pretty much destroyed by the Mine Fire. However, only a portion of it. It leads right into Centralia and has met the same fate as the Coal Mining Town. Cheers!

      2. torrywhite1634 Avatar

        This is a good sunday

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