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South Branch in Pierce County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Meridian Highway: From Canada to Mexico

 
 
The Meridian Highway: From Canada to Mexico Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joan Shurtliff, July 11, 2014
1. The Meridian Highway: From Canada to Mexico Marker
Inscription. The Meridian Road was organized in 1911 by a group of "good roads" boosters. Proposed as a direct north-south automobile route through the central United States. Its name and derived from the Sixth Principal Meridian. In 1912 the route was largely established through six states, connecting Winnipeg, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Meridian Road, later renamed the Meridian Highway, eventually extended to Mexico and became U.S. Highway 81. In northern Nebraska, the road connected Norfolk, Hadar, Pierce, Wausa, and Crofton, crossing the Missouri River at Yankton, South Dakota. The route of the highway was relocated in 1939, eventually bypassing all of the smaller communities from Norfolk to Yankton.

This marker stands on a segment of the original highway laid out in the fall of 1911, which followed section line roads north and west to Pierce. It includes a steel truss bridge built in 1915 and improvements such a concrete culverts and graveled roadbed dating to the 1920s. This segment has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is preserved and maintained by Pierce County.
 
Erected by Nebraska Department of Roads; Pierce County; Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 434.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 9.164′ N, 97° 29.105′ W. Marker is in South Branch, Nebraska, in Pierce County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 13 and 552nd Avenue, on the left when traveling east on State Highway 13. Click for map. 4 miles southeast of Pierce. Marker is in this post office area: Pierce NE 68767, United States of America.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 35 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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