Dixie Highway designated a historic byway

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The (former) Dixie Highway Arch in Waycross (Source: ‘The Dixie Highway’ magazine, February 1923). This welcome arch was once located at the intersection of Gilmore and Reynolds streets, just south of downtown.

A historic Georgia road that has its own Facebook page can now boast another important distinction.

The state transportation board on Thursday approved designation of the Historic Dixie Highway in Southwest Georgia as the state’s 15th Georgia Scenic Byway.

The Historic Dixie Highway Scenic Byway in Southwest Georgia’s runs 62 miles from Albany to Thomasville. The route primarily follows Old Highway 3/US 41 through the downtowns of Albany, Baconton, Camilla, Pelham, Meigs, Ochlocknee and Thomasville.

The byway will now be included on the official state map and added to the GDOT Scenic Byways website. It brings the total mileage of Georgia Scenic Byways to 650.

The Dixie Highway began in 1915 as a way for automobile tourists from up north to travel to Miami. It extends almost 4,000 miles from Michigan through Florida, with Georgia’s segment being approximately 1,500 miles long at its peak in 1926.

Travelers were introduced to Southern Hospitality as they bumped along the highway, passing the original Waffle House, Stone Mountain and Rock City.

A one-hour documentary about the old road — once considered the gateway to the South — aired “Down the Dixie Highway” on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Tuesday, April 7 and can still be viewed at this link.

The road also has its own Facebook page. Information on other scenic byways in Georgia can be found here: http://www.dot.ga.gov/DS/Travel/Scenic.



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