The Michigan Road is one of Indiana’s oldest state-funded roads, built in the 1830s to connect the Ohio River to Indianapolis to Lake Michigan. It allowed commerce to move freely from riverport to capital city, and opened the (then) densely forested northern half of the state to settlement.
What does that have to do with this Fluid Drive Dodge? Well, that’s where I found it: on the Michigan Road.
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It was also perched above I-74, where it could watch the cars go by. Just southeast of Indianapolis, I-74 was rather unfortunately built right on top of the old Michigan Road for a few miles. The two roads diverge for about a mile so that the tiny town of Pleasant View could be left intact.
I took these photos in 2008 while I was surveying the entire Michigan Road for what would eventually become a successful campaign to have this historic road named a state historic byway. (If you’d like to learn more about the byway, check out our Web site.) This old Dodge held court over I-74 for a couple years after that, but then disappeared. Here’s hoping it went off for a full restoration.