Dixie Highway

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Dixie Highway was a United States auto trail first planned in 1914 to connect the Midwest with the South. It was part of a system and was expanded from an earlier Miami to Montreal highway. The final system is better understood as a network of connected paved roads, rather than one single highway. It was constructed and expanded from 1915 to 1929.

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Dixie Highway marker

Dixie Highway

Chicago–Miami Expressway
Canada–Miami Expressway
Macon–Jacksonville Expressway
Route information
Length5,786 mi[1] (9,312 km)
Western division
North endChicago, Illinois
South endMiami, Florida
Eastern division
North endSault Ste. Marie, Michigan
South endMiami, Florida
Central division
North endMacon, Georgia
South endJacksonville, Florida
CountryUnited States
StatesMichigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida
Highway system
Postcard image of Dixie Highway in St. Johns County, Florida. This section was previously part of the older John Anderson Highway.

The Dixie Highway was inspired by the example of the slightly earlier Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States. The prime booster of both projects was promoter and businessman Carl G. Fisher. It was overseen by the Dixie Highway Association and funded by a group of individuals, businesses, local governments, and states. In the early years, the U.S. federal government played little role, but from the early 1920s on it provided increasing funding until 1927. That year the Dixie Highway Association was disbanded and the highway was taken over by the federal government as part of the U.S. Route system, with some portions becoming state roads.

The route was marked by a red stripe with the white letters "DH", usually with a white stripe above and below. The logo was commonly painted on utility poles.