The Boardman House
A quick look at one of the oldest houses in Indianapolis, built 1832 on the Michigan Road.
Learning to see
In case you can’t tell by my recent posts, I have the Michigan Road coming out of my ears. Most of my road trips take me places I’ve never been, and my Michigan Road trips have been no different. If you look back at my early trips, such as along the National Road in western…
Pleasant View, on the Michigan Road
Southeast of Indianapolis, about 3½ miles of a five-mile stretch of I-74 were built on top of the Michigan Road. Within those five miles, I-74 swings slightly west, allowing 1½ miles of the Michigan Road to reappear. In the middle of that segment is the tiny unincorporated town of Pleasant View. If you look carefully as…
Scenes from the Michigan Road in southern Indiana
I made my second visit to the Michigan Road in southern Indiana on Saturday. I returned to Napoleon, where I finished last time, and drove north from there. It was another great trip, full of sunshine and sights. It was cool, so I rolled the windows down and enjoyed the breeze. My dogs napped in…
Stone bridge on the Michigan Road
A 1913 stone bridge still stands on the Michigan Road in Jefferson County, Indiana. Take a short tour of it here!
The Michigan Road
When Indiana was new, most Hoosiers lived along the Ohio River. The state’s first and largest city, Madison, was on the river, and the state’s first capital, Corydon, was near the river. Indiana wasn’t ten years old in 1825 when the capital moved to Indianapolis at the state’s swampy center. People needed ways to get to the…
Spring Mill Road photos
A few pictures from my walk along Spring Mill Road turned out all right. I took this northbound photo at 103rd St., which is just beyond the I-465 overpass. I really like how the road ripples where the two cars are on it. The redbud with its purple-pink flowers is common throughout Indiana. There are…
Spring on Spring Mill Road
I feel fortunate to have a really pleasant drive to work for the first time since moving to Indianapolis many years ago. From my Northwestside home I can take any number of routes along surface streets north out of the city. These are the old suburbs, filled with low ranch houses set well back from…
The National Road revisited
“I know!” someone at the highway maintenance barn exclaimed. “Let’s get drunk and go stripe some road!” This and many other adventures, including an abandoned bridge, 10 miles of abandoned brick highway, and an 1830 stone arch bridge still carrying traffic, in my report on the Indiana and Illinois National Road, Revisited.
Bursting the nostalgia bubble
How visiting a fellow who lived his whole life on US 40 changed my view of the old roads.
Exploring Old US 31 in Indiana
Taking a drive down old US 31 in Indiana from the Michigan line to Indianapoils, and exploring all the old alignments along the way.
Holiday lights along the Michigan Road
After a nice Thanksgiving in South Bend, I drove home Friday evening. I always start my trip on US 31, but I like to exit at Rochester and follow the old Dixie Highway and Michigan Road back to Indianapolis. The old road follows State Road 25 to Logansport and exits on old State Road 29,…