The Michigan Road

The Michigan Road is an early Indiana highway. Built during the 1830s, it connected Madison on the Ohio River to Michigan City on Lake Michigan, via Indianapolis.

Michigan Road, Decatur County, Indiana

I’ve been fascinated with the Michigan Road for years. I drove it from end to end in 2008 and documented the trip on my old-fashioned HTML Roads site. I also worked with Kurt Garner from Plymouth, another Michigan Road town, to build a grassroots organization across Indiana that got the road named a State Historic Byway. We formed a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that now promotes and protects the road.

I write about the Michigan Road on this blog from time to time. Here’s a catalog of all of those posts.

These are general posts about the road, our effort to have it named a historic byway, and our effort to promote tourism along it.

These posts are about sights on the road, arranged geographically from south to north.


4 thoughts on “The Michigan Road

  1. Hi Jim
    I am pleased to discover and follow your blog. Do you know what happened to the KODAKKEROUACS?
    I ask because I found their work very very good and inspired….
    Your comment “Summer misses you…” was also inspired.


    • I just finally unsubscribed from their blog the other day in a routine cleanup of my feed reader. I don’t know what happened to them, and I miss them too. They had such a fun project going on.


  2. Gigi says:

    Hi Jim
    I am not real good with my new phone and have never commented on anything before now Came across either your Corbin House or Reflecting Hoosier Reborn About your summer job delivering for your aunt to a hospital in Plymouth u couldn’t find If i’m right it was the old Parkview Hosp. as i was born there in 1949 and it looks like all the big old houses in town


    • I’m sure it had to be Parkview, Gigi! It was 30 years ago this summer that I had that job, and my memories that far back just aren’t detailed enough to call up what the place looked like.


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