When State Road 67 was new in 1926, followed Mooresville Road out of Indianapolis to the town the road was named for. It’s the road in blue below, as it exits Marion County and enters Morgan County. A later alignment of SR 67 used the current alignment right to where the road in green below branches off to join the original alignment.

Map data ©2023 Google

There wasn’t a great place to park the car so I could photograph it, but as SR 67 followed what’s now signed as Indianapolis Road, the north-south segment on the east side of Mooresville, it was surprisingly narrow with little to see. It felt like coming into Mooresville the back way. But soon the road turned west onto Main Street and all was right. Downtown appeared shortly. But the way south on old SR 67 was blocked.

Mooresville, Indiana

A building was being demolished, and apparently the street was needed for equipment.

Mooresville, Indiana

I learned that Mooresville is named for founder Samuel Moore, who operated a store on the northeast corner of Main and Indiana.

Mooresville, Indiana

Mooresville is a typical Indiana town where people go about their lives. I’m sure many of them commute up to Indianapolis to work. The downtown small, but its storefronts contain vital businesses. This law office is on the northwest corner of this intersection.

Mooresville, Indiana

As old SR 67/Indiana Street passes through town proper and into the strip-mall district, it soon reconnects with current SR 67.

Imagery ©2023 CNES/Airbus, IndianaMap Framework Data, Maxar Technologies, USDA/FPAC/GEO. Map data ©2023 Google.

Shortly after, current SR 67 veers slightly east to reveal another short old alignment segment.

Imagery ©2023 CNES/Airbus, IndianaMap Framework Data, Maxar Technologies, USDA/FPAC/GEO. Map data ©2023 Google.

I don’t recall why it was inconvenient to get a southbound photo from the north end of this alignment, but it was. Here’s a northbound photo from near the south end of this alignment.

Old alignment on Mooresville's south side

The old alignment ends in the parking lot of what looks to have been a diner. I made this panorama of several photos to show the scene. That’s my friend and regular road-trip companion Dawn standing in the middle.

Old alignment on Mooresville's south side

What’s fascinating about this parking lot is the little stub of pavement in its southeast corner. Notice how it points directly across to where the road ahead continues.

Old alignment on Mooresville's south side

What I’ve since learned is that this stub was part of a detour built while the current alignment was under construction. This map shows the original path of the road (in blue and red) and the detour (in green).

Imagery ©2023 IndianaMap Framework Data, Maxar Technologies, USDA/FPAC/GEO. Map data ©2023 Google.

Next: The original alignment of SR 67 south to Martinsville.

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8 responses to “Indiana State Road 67: Mooresville”

  1. 100 Country Trek Avatar

    Thanks for sharing idea . I love these images. Anita

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  2. martin magenheimer Avatar
    martin magenheimer

    Growing up we lived in Brooklyn on what is now Country Club Road (or old,old, 67) north of town.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I stopped in Brooklyn on this trip – photos to come!

  3. Rush Rox Avatar
    Rush Rox

    Ooof. I, too, enjoy discovering old alignments and associated vestigial road ephemera, including stubs like the one you found in that parking lot south of Mooresville. However, I’m pretty sure that stub was created in the ’60s as a connector to the highway following the 4-lane upgrade. Historic aerial photos show the previous alignment of State Road 67 passing just to the east of this site, which was occupied by Poe Brothers Cafeteria, established in the early 1950s. From clues obtained from old aerial photos, I do wonder if that site actually had an earlier alignment situated slightly west of the 1950s alignment. I wish I knew someone who lived around there then that could speak to that topic. I draw your attention to Greystone Concrete, just to the north, which bears telltale concrete expansion joints that indicate the gentle curve of the earlier road and an odd-angled shed that was constructed on the previous highway’s location.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ll be dipped. You’re clearly right.

  4. Glen Brannon Avatar
    Glen Brannon

    The former diner was Pogue’s Cafeteria. It was a competitor of Gray’s. Their food was very good.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Nice. Too bad they didn’t make it.

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