Crossroads of America

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The Crossroads of America is the official motto of the U.S. state of Indiana.

Adoption[edit]

The motto was included on Indiana's state quarter.

The Indiana General Assembly passed a resolution in 1937 establishing the phrase as the state's official motto.[1]

Use[edit]

In the early days of cross-country travel by horse and wagon, Terre Haute, Indiana, benefited by its location on the old National Road between Indianapolis and Vandalia, Illinois. The National Road was later named U.S. Highway 40 when it was made a U.S. highway in 1926. At about the same time, U.S. Highway 41 was commissioned between Chicago, Illinois, and Miami, Florida. This north-south highway through downtown Terre Haute followed Seventh Street at the time, and met U.S. 40, which followed Wabash Avenue, the main east-west street in town. The Seventh and Wabash intersection thus became known as the "Crossroads of America," an appellation now memorialized with a historical marker at that corner.[2]

Indianapolis, the state capital, is also unofficially nicknamed the Crossroads of America, due to its central location at the junction of four major Interstate Highways.[3]

Vandalia, Ohio, has also been called, at one time, the Crossroads of America due to U.S. Highway 40 and the eastern division of the Dixie Highway crossing in the middle of the town. I-75 and I-70 cross in Vandalia as well.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emblems" (PDF). State of Indiana. Retrieved March 29, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Crossroads of America". Indiana Historical Bureau - Find a Marker. State of Indiana. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Capital at the Crossroads of America–Indianapolis: A Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary". National Park Service (U.S. Dept. of the Interior). Retrieved March 24, 2016.