The Jefferson Highway ends in New Orleans.
The Jefferson Highway ends in New Orleans.

End of the Jefferson Highway

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New Orleans, Louisiana

You've probably heard of the Lincoln Highway, but until we saw this small obelisk in New Orleans we had never heard of the Jefferson Highway. Probably this is because the road essentially ceased to exist in 1926, when most of it became US Hwy 65.

The Jefferson Highway stretched 2,373 miles, from Winnipeg, Canada, in the north to the corner of St. Charles Ave. and Common St. in New Orleans in the south, where this marker was erected in 1917. Along the way it snaked through 264 cities and towns as one of America's first cross-country arteries.

A Jefferson Highway Association still exists, and has for years tried to get the road re-markered but hasn't met with any success.

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End of the Jefferson Highway

124 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA
Northeast corner of St. Charles Ave. and Commons St. A small concrete obelisk with an inset plaque.
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