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Dixie Highway Arch

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Putney, Georgia

In the 1920s, before the invention of federally numbered highways, America was criss-crossed by "theme" roads. One was The Dixie Highway, which ran between Michigan and Florida.

Although connected by name, the theme highways often varied wildly in quality from mile to mile, because their construction and maintenance was still strictly local. Perhaps that was the motivation behind this decorative concrete arch, which barely straddles the old two-lane blacktop at the property line between Dougherty and Mitchell Counties.

Inset into the concrete on each side of the arch is the respective county's name. If the road on one side of the arch was in better shape than the other, motorists would know who to thank and, conversely, who to blame.

Dixie Highway Arch

11040-11298 Dixie Hwy, Putney, GA
From US-19/Liberty Expy in Putney turn west at the Dollar General onto Nelms Rd. Drive one mile. At the stop sign turn left onto Radium Springs Rd. Drive 1.5 miles to the arch.
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