Old brick road

Old State Road 46
Nikon F2AS, 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor
Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

State Road 46 stretches across Indiana from Terre Haute to almost Ohio, east to west across south-central Indiana.

At one time, SR 46 extended through Terre Haute all the way to the Illinois state line. It ran through Terre Haute along a series of what are now city streets.

The road was truncated to Terre Haute’s eastern edge long before Interstate 70 was built through the south side of town. That new highway cut across State Road 46’s original path just south of town, slicing the old highway in two.

A little segment of old State Road 46 north of I-70 is this brick road, left intact even though it goes nowhere because it serves two businesses. This photo faces north. To follow old 46, veer left at the first stop sign. Then at the second stop sign, take a slight right to where the red car is in the photo.

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8 responses to “single frame: Old State Road 46”

  1. marcusterrypeddle Avatar

    I like the brick road, but what caught my eye even more is the grey car with the door open behind the stop sign. Yours? Also surprised to see a yellow fire hydrant.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, that’s my old Ford. Sold it a couple years ago finally. It was a great little road warrior. And yellow is a fairly common fire hydrant color here.

  2. Jim Lucas Avatar
    Jim Lucas

    I’ll have to check that out the next time I am in Terre Haute.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s just south of 25th and Margaret.

  3. Cameron Miller Avatar
    Cameron Miller

    Careful, Jim, don’t look now, but you have a little brick showing on the south side of your interstate, too. It’s hard to see, but it’s there. Probably, no one will even notice it. (Sorry, I’ll bet you already knew it was there, didn’t you?)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      zOMG you’re right. I drove over there that day looking for any brick remnant and didn’t see that! But there it is on Street View plain as day.

  4. Michael Avatar

    Never knew that was 46. That intersection looks a bit different now with the Margaret expansion.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah, originally 46 followed Riley Rd. to Davis Dr. then west to Houseman St. then north from there, through where 70 is now, to 25th. I think but am not certain it followed 25th to Poplar to 7th to Wabash. From there I’m sure it then crossed the river and picked up what is now US 150 to Illinois. I think but am not certain that 150 used to follow the right road at that fork where old 40 curves south, and followed Paris Ave. to 3rd St. in West T and then 3rd St. north.

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