Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Natural Resource, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.
Bridge can be seen in the background
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1952 aerial from HistoricAerials confirms it's a railbed.
I believe that this bridge actually carried the Interurban line (The Ben Hur Line) from Indianapolis to Crawfordsville. The alignment with the street in New Ross is because the rails ran down the middle of the street there
There's a nearly identical bridge just east of Jamestown for comparison.
Could this have been an interurban bridge? The line that went to Crawfordsville?
Very cool. Also, the home on the east end of the old brick road have several horse and cattle....And a large camel! I will return and get best photos in the cooler months. Man! My to-do list is getting BIG
The "Dixie Highway" was, like the Lincoln Highway a series of old and new roads linked together as national highway. It is very likely that the road existed before they named it as a part of The Dixie Highway.
Checked this out and the brick pavement is actually the OLD New Ross Road. I'm supposing that the Old Dixie Highway is an even older version of the New Ross Road. I will return in the winter. The pix I took are crap, as I took them from 136 looking under the railroad bridge through pretty thick veg, but it shows the bridge still exists.
That part of the old highway still has the original brick surface. Very neat.