The Madison State Road in Indiana: Columbus

The Madison State Road in Indiana: Columbus

The Madison State Road in Indiana: Columbus

lifeinthesensory Avatar

Share this:

The Madison State Road in Indiana: Columbus

US 31 follows the Madison State Road southbound from Taylorsville to the unincorporated town of Corn Brook. There US 31 leaves the Madison State Road on an alignment built in about 1941-42 that bypassed Columbus to the north. Today, Columbus has expanded past US 31 to the north.

Here’s where the two roads split. The Madison State Road is labeled Indianapolis Road.

Map data ©2024 Google.

As the road entered Columbus, it followed the path I’ve drawn on this map, as best as my research reveals. The section where Indianapolis Road curves to become 8th Street was removed in about 2010 for the construction of the Mill Race Center. From there, I’m fairly certain that the Madison State Road followed 8th Street east to Washington Street, then south to 2nd Street, then east out of town. Since then, 2nd Street was made one way west. To follow the Madison State Road southbound today, use 3rd Street instead.

Map data ©2024 Google.

Washington Street is the main drag through downtown. It’s lovely. From a 2008 trip along this road, here’s northbound Washington Street from 3rd Street.

Columbus, IN

On the left of the photo above you see The Commons, which was undergoing renovation. Here’s a better view. The Commons does not at all resemble this anymore.

Columbus, IN

Here’s another view of northbound Washington Street, from 4th Street.

Columbus, IN

Here’s the Bartholomew County Courthouse, on the southwest corner of Washington and 3rd.

Bartholomew County Courthouse

The Crump Theater is also worth seeing, even though it’s off the Madison State Road by about a half a block along 3rd Street. It was in very poor repair on the day we stopped by. In 2023, after a long restoration effort, the theater finally reopened.

Columbus, IN

2nd Street and 3rd Streetmeet just east of downtown and continue on a southeasterly course as State Street. The Madison State Road follows this path. Today, these roads are all State Road 46.

Map data ©2024 Google.

A little more than two miles beyond the Columbus city limits, SR 46 leaves the Madison State Road. Here, State Road 7 begins.

Map data ©2024 Google.

The Madison State Road follows State Road 7 the rest of the way to Madison, with only a couple small deviations.

Next: The town of Vernon.

To get Down the Road in your inbox or reader six days a week, click here to subscribe!
To get my newsletter with previews of what I’m working on, click here to subscribe!

Category:

lifeinthesensory Avatar

Hi, I’m Steven, a Florida native, who left my career in corporate wealth management six years ago to embark on a summer of soul searching that would change the course of my life forever.

RECENT POST


RECENT COMMENT