I received this email from Mike Conlin the other day and I'm posting it here so you will visit his website and perhaps also explore the Jefferson Highway by following his maps. The Jefferson Highway project was very, very important in this area and our own Mr. W. F. Dodd was the director and local promoter.
Hello Pine to Palm people,
Today I drew the last line for the Jefferson Highway in Google Maps. I put that line right up to the granite obelisk at St. Charles and Common St. in New Orleans, the end of the Pine to Palm Highway. There is now a line in Google Maps all the way from Winnipeg, through Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana showing the street level route of the Jefferson Highway.
You can check it out at map . Click anywhere on the red line that is the Jefferson Highway and you will get a very detailed Google Map of that area showing the route of the JH. You will also be able to see the abandoned sections of the road and even the detours around lost pieces of the Pine to Palm Highway. Zoom in as far as you want then pan around in Google Maps. You can even turn on the satellite image and see the terrain.
This set of maps now makes it possible for anyone and everyone to drive on the Jefferson Highway, either just in your area or the whole thing. The whole thing is what I am going to do now! As I mentioned before I was aiming for the beginning of September to drive it in my car but I have a better offer now. A friend of mine, who just bought an RV, has convinced me to wait until he can close up his golf course in October and then he is going to drive over to Winnipeg. At the same time I am going to leave from New Orleans also heading for Winnipeg arriving there to meet him about November 1st . We will see as many people as we can there and get our pictures taken at the stone marker at Mile 0 of the Pine to Palm Highway. We will then hook my car to his RV and using the maps that I just completed travel the Jefferson Highway back to New Orleans.
I am working out the details for that trip now. Our goals are to verify as much of the map detail as we can, to meet as many people as we can and to focus as much attention on the Jefferson Highway as we can. We will be contacting media outlets starting very soon to let them know that we are coming and honestly to let most people know that the JH even exists. We want to make some noise and draw some attention to our soon to be famous Highway.
Some of you have noted the need for a revival of the Jefferson Highway Association and I couldn’t agree more. As we travel and meet people we are going to take names and build a contact list so that when the time is right we will have a core of people interested in doing that and we can make something happen.
During our trip down the JH I will be blogging on a daily basis, I just don’t know what form that will take yet. We are almost finished a Facebook Page for the JH and maybe we will post blogs and pictures on there on a daily basis. I will let you know as soon as we know. It will be fun and I hope you will join us for the trip.
In the mean time it would be helpful if you all would go to the map in your area and see if there is anything that you think needs tweaking. Some of it was difficult to figure out! I think I have gotten most of it but your knowledgeable local eyes are welcome. Have fun with the maps. Anybody that wants to put a link to my site please feel to do so. If you want to show the maps on your website you can link to my map page by using the above link.
Thank you to my early customers who have purchased JH merchandise from me. Have a great day, I will be in touch soon and I hope to see you in November.