When State Road 67 was laid out in 1926, it entered Sandborn from the north on what is now State Road 59. At the center of town it turned right and followed College Street (aka CR 1150 E) out of town on its southbound journey.

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There’s not much to downtown Sandborn, just a few old buildings.

Sandborn, IN
Sandborn, IN
Sandborn, IN

The road takes a circuitous route to Edwardsport, mostly along country roads but for a short stretch following what is now State Road 58. As you can see, the current route of SR 67 is much more direct.

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Despite the frequent turns, this was a pleasant stretch to drive with plenty of typical Indiana scenery.

SB Old SR 67 north of Edwardsport
Barn on Old SR 67

It felt like I was entering Edwardsport through the back door. This scene is immediately north of Edwardsport. I can’t figure out what water is likely to flood this area as I saw only a tiny creek running through. Perhaps it floods like mad when it rains.

SB Old SR 67 entering Edwardsport

Edwardsport is not much more than a collection of houses — a fairly sizeable one, as small Indiana towns go. But I found no business district.

SR 67 originally exited Edwardsport along Jackson Street, an east-west street on the south end of town. It makes a 90-degree turn to head directly south.

SB Old SR 67 exiting Edwardsport

Next: A long series of 90-degree turns until the road reaches the town of Bicknell, including an abandoned bridge.

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5 responses to “Indiana State Road 67: Sandborn to Edwardsport in Knox County”

  1. Tam Avatar

    Ooh, that bottommost building in Sandborn, the one with the Lion’s Club sign, is intriguing. That looks like it might have been a car dealership back in the Twenties or Thirties.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Possible. Those bricked-in indented areas could have been plate windows or garage doors.

  2. Joe Nield Avatar
    Joe Nield

    Looking at satellite imagery through Google, I bet the tiny creek you saw was an old irrigation canal extending north from the nearby White River, or at least from an old oxbow semi-connected to the currently extant channel. It almost certainly fills with backwater during river flooding with some frequency – that, and a significant portion of Knox county is generally prone to flooding given the broad but low terrain of the converging river valleys.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Helpful to know this info. Thanks for filling in the blanks for me!

      1. joenield Avatar

        Quite welcome! Hydrology is part of my job, so I always enjoy looking over maps to track where water flows and how it shapes the land (and how we shape it in response)!

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