Tag: US 50
Driving US 50 across Indiana
I have a running mental wish list of old roads I want to explore, and US 50 across Indiana and Illinois are at the top of the list. But as this road-trip season began and I received the e-mail about the Eilas Conwell house and learned a few things about Mr. Conwell, the choice was easy.…
What if they built a bridge and nobody ever drove on it?
Here’s a weird one – a bridge along US 50 in southwestern Illinois that has an unused twin! Here it is, up close and personal. There are actually four such bridges along this 21-mile stretch of US 50 between Carlyle and Lebanon. The State of Illinois built them in about 1973 anticipating a four-lane divided…
The General Dean Bridge
A suspension bridge in the middle of Illinois? Yup.
Three abandoned bridges in a row
As you drive US 50 in Illinois, in several places you parallel an older alignment of the road. The state has intended at various times to build a four-lane expressway out of US 50, to the extent that new lanes have been laid down with the presumable intent of rebuilding the old lanes to carry…
Where Lincoln first entered Illinois
Abe Lincoln’s family crossed into Illinois near a place that would later carry US 50.