Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Jefferson Highway

November 18th Carthage (Mo) Press "Louisiana man travels Jefferson Highway from Canada to New Orleans"

Not as well-known as the Lincoln Highway and definitely Route 66 (as folks in southwest Missouri well-know), but the Jefferson Highway ran from Winnipeg, Canada, to New Orleans from 1916 to 1926 when the named highways were given numbers. US-71 shadows the old Jefferson most of the way.

Mike Conlin is the man pushing the old Jefferson Highway and has a blog about it.

Back in its heyday, it was called the Palm to Pine Highway and was a vital part of the National Auto Trail System.

It is still called the Jefferson Highway around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Wadena, Minnesota. It passed through Alexandria and Shreveport, Louisiana; Marshall, Texas; Muskogee, Oklahoma; Baxter Springs and Paola, Kansas; Carthage and Lee's Summit, Missouri; Des Moines, Iowa; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Conlin is selling Jefferson Highway merchandise and advertising, but doesn't expect to get rich. This effort is more of a hobby.

web site www.jeffersonhighway.com

Just Another Named Highway. --RoadDog

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