"Dixie Highway modernized the South by providing the first farm-to-market road while simultaneously creating the dream of a winter Florida vacation," historian Tammy Ingram writes.
Credit for the Dixie goes to Carl Fisher, one of the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the famed Indy 500 this May). he also was one of the leading forces for the creation of the famed transcontinental Lincoln Highway.
Part of the reason for the Dixie Highway was to provide better transportation to his Miami Beach development.
Eventually, there were several Dixie Highway routes stretching across 5.786 miles across northern states from the Canadian border at Sault Ste. Marie to Miami, Florida on Biscayne Bay.