Barber Chandler, Carl Fisher, Miami discussed on Rollye James


Earlier and never really managed any national breakout hits but it was interesting because later there was one of those compilation albums of Babs Tino meets barber Chandler And I like barber Chandler I liked her version of it hurts to be 16 better than the hit but in any event the quality on it was so bad at one great but she had you know over half a dozen short records not only on Catholic as their first one was on cameo Mahani bun in 1957 All right so we will get to Stephanie two but right now we're totally in Marcus hook and Leah asked about the Dixie highway All right I know about this actually Okay I asked because when I lived in Beloit my father told me that the Dixie highway that was employee went all the way to Florida Is that true Well yes but you have to understand what the Dixie highway is Now this goes back to cars first starting out and in the turn of the last century they had something called a national auto trail and it would be like a road like the Lincoln highway was part of that That'd be like New York to San Francisco or Montreal to Miami things like that Well in any event here comes the Dixie highway It's not a highway in the sense of U.S. one or something like that is It is a network of connected paved roads because it returned 1915 when it started And at that point there is very little paved road So much like the Lincoln highway it was Carl Fisher You got to know about Carl Fisher He was a big time businessman a big time Florida investor He wanted nothing more than traffic to come to Florida So he did a lot of underwriting of this and initially the federal government was not really involved and he was also involved with the Lincoln highway So he was a pretty big guy Little by little the U.S. government started to put some money on it and then ultimately they came up with the U.S. route system And some were state roads and some were federal roads but Dixie highway was a part of many of them Now there were two roots The western routes was Chicago to Miami by a danville and Bedford Indiana and Louisville in E town and Bowling Green and Nashville Chattanooga You know through Atlanta making and all that Well then the eastern part took a slightly different route It actually started at sault saint Marie Michigan and it ran through sagging on and Detroit and Toledo and Cincinnati and all that And so you can look at it today and see where current roads like root two or mackinac trail or whatever are what Dixie highway was In some cities and areas they would name the root Dixie highway And in a few places that's remained like for instance in Louisville through lively shyly Dixie highway or in Miami Dixie highway and there's several of them but it's not one road and you can see the map of where where they go And you can you know you can see exactly how the roots are and the reason they're kind of you'll look at them and they're convoluted And that's because it's not one road But I went all the way down to Miami and the idea was to connect the Midwest to Miami Oh that's cool Yeah yeah When there wasn't that much paved travel this was this was a wonderful idea And like I said Carl Fisher who owned so much a South Florida and from Palm Beach Chun down he got together with a bunch of people I think it was in Chattanooga around 1914 and said we got to do this We're going to lay out a route from Chicago to Miami Of course at that point some of it wasn't paved at all It would have to be paved some of it was so that's why Chicago to danville then to Indianapolis then it split and all that And 31 W and in Kentucky is still the original Dixie highway and there are other places you can see that as well A lot of it became U.S. 25 which was a federal highway and that would be like through the Carolinas and I 75 took a lot of it you know the Susan Marie to Miami wrote a lot of that as I 75 now So if you walk around the door and you see this nothing little intersection with the Dixie hour you think oh that's weird Okay Exactly And it's a red and white big D H is the way the highways used to be named but they'd have the DA DH for Dixie highway but then they would also have whatever name of the highway was at the time because like I say it was just an amalgamation of established roots Oh that is so cool Now what about route 66 Does that not exist anymore No it doesn't for the most part Parts of historic 66 still do mostly that I 40 and I 55 You can find a little bit where you can get off and still see the route but like for instance if you're looking at 66 in Arizona and let's say you're in Winslow well there'll be a sign historic route 66 and you'll it's basically just like a little loop back to I 40 and you'll see the same thing in flag staff or Williams you know so barstow in California all the places where it went So there's little pieces of it but there's nothing and hopefully a trucker will correct me if I'm wrong but there's nothing of it that would be considered a usable route You know it would be more like it goes through downtown of these small little bergs Like they don't have the roadside attractions anymore Well not by the roadside Now there's always roadside attractions God knows the thing is still there although done But you know what usually what happens to when you see historic route 65 is there's going to be some motels and a diner.

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