Turn-by-Turn Directions For the Michigan Road

Almost all of the the Michigan Road’s original route has survived to this day. From one end, you can drive straight through to the other end with only a few brief detours. Along the way, the road takes on many different characters, from almost-forgotten farm road to country US highway to major city thoroughfare to Interstate highway.

These directions are broken into eight sections. Click on one to jump right to it. Click here to see a map of the route.

Madison to GreensburgGreensburg to Shelbyville
Shelbyville to IndianapolisIndianapolis to Logansport
Logansport to RochesterRochester to Plymouth
Plymouth to South BendSouth Bend to Michigan City

Madison to Greensburg

Miles Directions

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Milton St., West St., and Michigan Road, Madison.

The road begins on Old Madison’s north side, a few blocks up West St. from downtown.

  • 0.8, Fairmount House.
  • 1.4, cemeteries displaced to this location when Jefferson Proving Ground was built.
  • 2.7, State Road 62.

4.2

Road ends at US 421. Turn left.

Brief abandoned alignment on left. Michigan Road used to go straight through.

  • 5.2, southernmost point of Jefferson Proving Ground along the route.
  • 11.9, at slight curve, south end of what may be an early rerouting of the road around land that is now part of Jefferson Proving Ground.

13.4

Old Michigan Rd. Turn left.

Watch for this – it’s easy to miss. If you stay on US 421, you will follow the 1910s Michigan Road Auto Trail through Versailles and Osgood. It rejoins the Michigan Road’s original path at Napoleon.

  • 13.9, 1885 stone arch bridge.
  • 14.2, at curve, north end of what may be an early rerouting of the road around land that is now part of Jefferson Proving Ground.
  • 18.7, northernmost point of Jefferson Proving Ground along the route.
  • 19.2, New Marion.
  • 24.4, US 50. Michigan Road historic marker on right.
  • 25.4, Dabney.
  • 31.5, stone culvert, probably built 1880s.

33.0

Hard right at cemetery.

Lutheran Cemetery. The road used to continue straight from here. The gravel driveway that leads straight ahead is the road’s original alignment.

33.1

Road ends at US 421. Turn left.

  • 33.4, approximate location where the road’s original alignment met the current alignment.
  • 33.6, Napoleon, at State Road 229.
  • 41.6, 1883 Sand Creek Baptist Church.
  • 42.5, former gas station or grocery store on brief former alignment.

46.2

Road ends at State Road 46 (Main St.) Turn left.

The road’s original path is not clear as it enters Greensburg. It may have continued north on East St. for two blocks and then turned left onto North St., which some maps label as Michigan Ave. But East St. is one way south today, so you can’t follow it northbound.

46.3

Greensburg. State Road 46 (Main St.) at Franklin St.

Courthouse on the right. Notice the tree growing out of the tower.

Greensburg to Shelbyville

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State Road 46 (Main St.) at Franklin St., Greensburg. Follow Franklin St. north past courthouse.

0.1

North St. Turn left.

0.2

Jackson St. Turn right, and then make a slight left onto Michigan St.

  • 0.2, Carnegie Library, which is the former Greensburg City Hall.
  • 0.6, the road becomes US 421.
  • 1.2, State Road 3.

2.5

US 421 exits to follow I-74. Stay on Michigan St.

  • 9.7, St. Omer.
  • 13.1, Middletown.

13.3

E 425 S. Slight left.

Watch for this – it’s easy to miss.

  • This is the road’s original alignment, only one lane wide. It immediately crosses a stone bridge, probably built in the 1880s.

13.7

Slight right onto Old US 421.

  • 16.9, State Road 244.

20.2

Road ends at State Road 44. Turn left.

Notice brief original alignment of road on left.

  • 20.6, beginning of brief original alignment of road on right.
  • 20.9, State Road 44 is also signed as Broadway St.

Shelbyville to Indianapolis

Miles Directions

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Public Square at State Road 9 (Harrison St.), Shelbyville. Bear right around Public Square, and then bear right to stay on State Road 9 (Harrison St.).

  • 0.5, brief original alignment of road on left, after bridge.

0.6

Michigan Road. Turn left.

  • 3.0, frontage road on left is original alignment for 500 feet or so.
  • 3.1, pass over I-74.
  • 4.9, brief original alignment on left.

5.2

Road becomes N 200 W. At Michigan Road, turn left.

Watch for this – it’s easy to miss.

  • 5.4, Hoosier Downs.

10.8

Road ends at N 700 W. Turn left, and then immediately left again onto I-74 West.

Beginning here, I-74 was built on top of the Michigan Road.

  • 13.4, original alignment of road emerges on right.
  • 13.8, Pleasant View exit. To see the old alignment, take this exit and take the first right (Walnut St.). The next intersection is the Michigan Road.
  • 14.9, original alignment ends on right.

15.8

Acton Road exit. Take it.

16.0

Acton Road. Turn left.

16.2

Southeastern Ave. Turn right.

  • 18.9, Wanamaker.
  • 21.2, Waterman Hardware, est. 1881, on right.
  • 21.3, pass over I-465.

22.1

Road ends. Turn left to stay on Southeastern Ave.

Original alignment of road on left.

27.2

Road ends at Washington St. Turn left.

This is also the National Road. Obelisk on right marks the intersection of the Michigan Road and the National Road.

28.1

Indianapolis. Washington St. at Meridian St.

Indianapolis to Logansport

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Washington St. and Meridian St., Indianapolis. West on Meridian St.

  • 0.1, Artsgarden, overhead.
  • 0.2, Indiana Statehouse on right.

0.5

West St. Turn right.

  • 0.6, at Indiana Ave., West St. becomes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., St. Walker Theater on left.

1.4

Follow left-hand exit to stay on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., St.

Watch for this – it’s easy to miss.

  • 3.6, pass under I-65. 3.7, southernmost point of Crown Hill Cemetery along route.
  • 4.6, at 38th St., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., St. becomes Michigan Road.
  • 4.7, northernmost point of Crown Hill Cemetery; Indianapolis Museum of Art on left.
  • 6.2, 1860s toll house on left. 6.8, at Kessler Blvd, Crooked Creek Elementary School on left; a school has operated on this land since 1837.
  • 8.0, at 64th St., 1840s farmhouse on left.
  • 8.5, at about 67th St., Acton Inn, former inn along the road, on left.
  • 9.3, Augusta, which was once a town. Some of its buildings remain, including an 1832 house.
  • 11.5, The Pyramids on right.
  • 11.9, pass under I-465. The road becomes US 421.
  • 14.2, Sycamore St., former SR 334, to downtown Zionsville.
  • 15.5, Michigan Road historic marker on left.
  • 20.5, State Road 32.
  • 21.1, Rosston.
  • 23.7, Waugh.
  • 26.9, State Road 47.
  • 31.8, Kirklin, at State Road 38.
  • 37.5, State Road 28.

38.0

US 421 turns left; State Road 29 begins. Continue on State Road 29.

  • 38.5, Boyleston.
  • 41.3, Michigantown.
  • 37.5, Middlefork, at State Road 26.
  • 51.9, Burlington, at State Road 22.
  • 54.5, Carrollton.
  • 56.9, Sharon.
  • 58.1, Wheeling, at State Road 18.
  • 60.6, Sycamore Row, original alignment, on left.
  • 60.9, State Road 218.
  • 61.2, Deer Creek.

68.6

State Road 29 turns left; Burlington Ave. begins. Continue on Burlington Ave.

  • 70.8, on island in the Wabash River, Burlington Ave. beccomes 3rd St.

71.0

Logansport. 3rd St. at State Road 25 (Market St.).

Logansport to Rochester

Miles Directions

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State Road 25 (3rd St.) at Market St., Logansport. East on Market St.

The road’s path through Logansport is not clear, but it probably followed 3rd St. to Broadway St. That street is one way west today, so it’s necessary to use Market St. When following the road southbound, use Broadway St.

0.2

6th St. Turn left.

0.6

Michigan Ave., as soon as you cross the bridge over the Eel River. Turn right.

  • 8.6, Metea.
  • 14.7, Fulton, at State Road 114.
  • 22.1, pass under US 31.
  • 22.8, State Road 14.

23.5

Rochester. State Road 25 (Main St.) at 9th St.

Courthouse on the right.

Rochester to Plymouth

Miles Directions

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State Road 25 (Main St.) at 9th St., Rochester. Straight through on Main St.

Courthouse on the right. State Road 25 and State Road 14 turn right. The road ahead is US 31’s original alignment.

  • 2.9, stone abutment of older bridge over the Tippecanoe River, on right.
  • 7.5, State Road 110.
  • 12.1, Argos, at State Road 10.

15.9

US 31. Turn right.

Original alignment stub on the right. US 31 was built over the Michigan Road for .8 miles.

16.7

Michigan Rd. Turn left.

Watch for this – it can be hard to see. Original alignment stub on the left.

  • 20.0, historic bridge over Yellow River.

20.3

Plymouth. Michigan St. at Jefferson St.

Jefferson St. is an alignment of the Lincoln Highway.

Plymouth to South Bend

Miles Directions

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Michigan St. at Jefferson St., Plymouth. Stay on Michigan St.

Jefferson St. is an alignment of the Lincoln Highway.

  • 5.7, original alignment of the road on the left (3rd Road).

6.0

Follow ramp to US 31.

  • 8.0, LaPaz.

12.2

Quinn Trail. Turn left.

Be cautious — there is no turn lane here and you are on a busy highway. 

12.7

Magnus Dr. Turn right, and then immediately left onto US 31.

  • 13.1, Lakeville.
  • 13.8, State Road 4.
  • 20.1, pass under the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (US 31 and US 20).

19.9

Ramp for US 31. The road becomes Business US 31 (Michigan St.). Stay on Business US 31.

  • 20.9, Chippewa Ave. Michigan St. becomes one-way north.\
  • 22.9, State Road 23 and State Road 933.

23.4

Western Ave., where Michigan St. curves and becomes St. Joseph Ave. Turn left, and immediately right back onto Michigan St.

23.7

South Bend. Washington St. and Michigan St.

South Bend to Michigan City

Miles Directions

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Washington St. and Michigan St., South Bend. North on Michigan St.

0.3

Take the first right onto Colfax Ave., then the first left onto St. Joseph St., then the first left onto Business US 20 (LaSalle Ave.)

The Michigan Road originally continued north from Colfax Ave., but today that segment is one way south. The original alignment of the Lincoln Highway across Indiana was routed westward over the Michigan Road starting at LaSalle Ave.

0.5

Stay on Business US 20 by bearing right onto Lincoln Way West.

  • 3.5, the road curves left, but it originally went straight ahead through what is now the South Bend Regional Airport.

3.7

Roundabout. Follow it and stay on Lincoln Way West.

4.2

Roundabout. Bear right onto State Road 123 (Mayflower Rd.).

  • 4.6, the road curves left and resumes its original alignment.
  • 5.5, the road passes under the St. Joseph Valley Parkway, and becomes US 20.
  • 13.9, road curves right, and then left under a railroad overpass, and then right. It used to go straight through, but crossed the railroad track at a dangerous angle.
  • 14.6, New Carlisle.

18.0

Fork. Follow the road on the right (Bootjack Rd.), leaving US 20 behind.

  • 19.6, the road curves left. It used to continue straight here, crossing a railroad track at a dangerous angle.

20.0

Road ends. Turn right onto Wiley Rd.

20.1

Road ends. Turn left onto Michigan St.

The road resumes its original alignment here.

  • 20.7, Rolling Prairie.

21.0

US 20. Turn right.

  • 23.5, pass under the Indiana Toll Road (I-80 and I-90).

25.9

Wilhelm Rd. Turn right.

Watch for this – it can be hard to see. This is the road’s original alignment.

26.0

Fork. Follow Springville Rd., on the right.

  • 27.2, Springville, at State Road 39.

27.7

US 20. Turn left.

  • 30.8, US 35.
  • 32.0, pass under I-94.
  • 32.0, ramp to US 20 and State Road 212. Pass under US 20.

36.1

Road ends at US 12 (Michigan Blvd). Turn left onto US 12.

36.8

Michigan City, US 12 (Michigan Blvd.) at 4th St and Willard Ave.

End of the Michigan Road.