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Homewood in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dixie Highway

 
 
Dixie Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 7, 2015
1. Dixie Highway Marker
Inscription. Dixie Highway was the first national road linking industrial northern states to agricultural southern states. Several governors met in 1915 to consider an improved road to Miami. Ten states lobbied for inclusion, resulting in eastern and western divisions. In Illinois, the road started in Chicago, traveled through Blue Island, Homewood, and Chicago Heights, then followed what is today Route 1 down to Danville. There it turned east toward Indiana. By 1923, the official map of Dixie Highway covered a network of 6,000 improved roadway miles.

The Dixie Highway Association took over work begun by the governors. Many counties funded and built the highway while poorer counties required private and federal aid. Citizens took brushes in hand to paint "DH" in red and white on poles, marking the way for travelers. Gas stations and mechanics were rare. Motorists carried extra gas and tools. Travelers packed tents or rented rooms. Soon tourist camps, cabins, roadside diners, and service garages sprouted. The road was a significant supply route during both world wars.

Dixie Highway follows one of the oldest, most historic Illinois trails. Native Americans and trapper-traders traced a path worn by animals along the eastern Illinois border. In the 1820s, Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard established trading posts along the trail, identified
Dixie Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 7, 2015
2. Dixie Highway Marker
with other Dixie highway marker
as Hubbard's Trace and Vincennes Trail on old maps. In 1835, the Illinois General Assembly ordered that a state road be established and mile markers placed thereon.
 
Erected 2003 by Village of Homewood Heritage Committee, the Homewood Historical Society, and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 33.611′ N, 87° 39.934′ W. Marker is in Homewood, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Hickory Road, on the right when traveling south on Dixie Highway. Click for map. Marker is located at entrance to Independence Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18120 Dixie Hwy, Homewood IL 60430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dixie Highway connected Chicago to Miami in the early days of automobile travel (here, next to this marker); Washington Park Racetrack (approx. 1.5 miles away); Camp Thornton #2605 and the Civil Conservation Corps (approx. 3.5 miles away); Site of Absolem Wells Cabin (approx. 3.8 miles away);
Dixie Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 7, 2015
3. Dixie Highway Marker
looking south along Dixie highway
The Lincoln Highway / The "Ideal Section" (approx. 9.3 miles away in Indiana); St. John Township School District #2 (approx. 10.4 miles away in Indiana).
 
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Dixie Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 7, 2015
4. Dixie Highway Marker
looking north along Dixie highway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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