Brick Rd.

Brick National Road near Norwich, Ohio
Canon PowerShot S95
2011

Ohio has some deeply delightful brick and concrete sections of the old National Road, some of which you can still drive. Like this section. It’s good, rumbly brick.

Thus endeth the series of old-road photos to celebrate Down the Road’s 10th blogiversary. But I have more to say about blogging and this blog, so watch for more “Ten Years of Down the Road” posts to come.

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Photo: Brick section of the National Road in Ohio

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Abandoned

Abandoned Dixie Highway
Canon PowerShot S95
2012

A limestone (I think) pit was dug north of Oolitic, a small town in southern Indiana. It obliterated a section of the old Dixie Highway (and former State Road 37). A gate blocks the way long before this; such is the condition of the road beyond the gate.

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Photo: Abandoned Dixie Highway in southern Indiana

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Old US 50 in Illinois

Abandoned US 50 in Illinois
Kodak EasyShare Z730 Zoom
2009

A long section of US 50 stands abandoned to the current US 50 alignment in central Illinois. The state planned at one time to build a four-lane US 50 here, but the plans were scuttled after the new lanes were built. So they just routed the whole road along the new lanes and left the old ones behind.

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Photo: Abandoned US 50 in Illinois

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Curvy State Road 45

Curvy State Road 45
Nikon N60, 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6 AF Nikkor
Fujicolor 200
2013

One of my two favorite highways to drive in Indiana is State Road 45 between Bean Blossom and Bloomington. It’s good twisty fun. (The other favorite highway is State Road 62 where it skirts the Ohio River.)

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Photo: Curvy State Road 45 in Indiana

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On the Dixie

On the Dixie Highway in Indiana
Canon PowerShot S95
2012

My friend Dawn and I drove the Dixie from Indianapolis to Paoli a few years ago, and stopped to walk a while along this old alignment.

I’ll be showing road photos all month in celebration of this blog’s tenth anniversary! My first post on Down the Road was February 7, 2007 — ten years ago tomorrow.

Photography, Road trips

Photo: On the Dixie Highway in Indiana

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Indianapolis sunset from the National Road bridge

Sunset over the White River on the National Road bridge, Indianapolis
Apple iPhone 6s
2016

I shot this on my wedding day. My bride and I stayed Downtown on our wedding night, and we took a sunset stroll through White River State Park along the path of the old National Road, which the park took over. The old bridge over the White River hasn’t carried cars in decades. It’s a seven-span closed-spandrel concrete arch bridge built in 1916.

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Photo: Sunset over the White River

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