Welcome Jefferson Highway Association Members

We are happy to return to this website after experiencing a series of complex computer problems. The posting of early Minnesota resort photos will resume during the coming weeks.

PRapidsJHA logoMeanwhile, we are anticipating the arrival on May 30-31, 2014 of Jefferson Highway Association members for the Third Annual Jefferson Highway Association Conference at Park Rapids, Minnesota. It will be hosted by the Lake Country Scenic Byway Association. I am happy to be one of the program presenters at the C’Mon Inn. Also on the agenda is a bus tour to the Source of the Mississippi, lunch at Itasca State Park’s historical Douglas Lodge, and a stops at the local historical museum and a visit to “The Gateway to the Pines,” Menahga, Minnesota. All sites are located along the original Jefferson Highway route.

For those unaware, the Jefferson Highway was organized in 1915 and linked 264 cities, towns and villages to create one unified highway between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Winnipeg, Canada. It is considered the first International highway in the United States. It has been renamed, rerouted, straightened, leveled, and paved over the years, and was nearly forgotten until the Jefferson Highway Association was reestablished to call attention to this important part of our highway history.

More information on the Jefferson Highway can be found on two of my earlier blog entries (click here and here).

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