The Madison State Road in Indiana: Franklin

The Madison State Road in Indiana: Franklin

The Madison State Road in Indiana: Franklin

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The Madison State Road in Indiana: Franklin

South of Greenwood, US 31 curves in to follow the Madison State Road. It does so for the next 8.2 miles, to just north of Franklin. From here, US 31 follows a westerly bypass of Franklin that was completed in 1948. To stay on the Madison State Road, turn left onto Main Street.

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On the map above, I marked the Madison State Road in black. When the Madison State Road reaches downtown, it turns west at Jefferson Street, then immediately south onto Court Street. You can’t follow Court Street southbound today as it is one way north. It then turned east onto Monroe Street and then south onto State Street. At some point, perhaps even from the beginning in 1927, US 31 was routed from Monroe Street south onto Main Street, then east onto South Street, then south onto State Street. Richard Simpson shares more about US 31 in Franklin in this article.

When I first explored the Madison State Road in 2008, I photographed some of the lovely older homes on Main Street as it headed south toward downtown.

Franklin, IN
Franklin, IN
Franklin, IN
Franklin, IN

Returning to my 2023 trip, here’s Main Street (the Madison State Road) in downtown Franklin, toward the Johnson County Courthouse.

Franklin

At left you can see the Artcraft Theater. It was a little tired when I visited it in 2008. At least its great sign was intact.

Artcraft Theater

It has since undergone a renovation, including restoring the sign. It looks terrific.

Artcraft Theater, Franklin

At the courthouse, the Madison State Road turns right briefly before turning immediately left to go around the Johnson County Courthouse.

Johnson County Courthouse

Franklin has a lovely downtown centered around the courthouse.

Franklin
Franklin

I find the Johnson County Courthouse to be striking. Here it is from the south, from Monroe Street.

Johnson County Courthouse

Following Monroe Street to State Street, the road passes Franklin College. Then it leaves Franklin and very quickly the road looks like a lonely old state highway.

State Street exiting Franklin

Next: The Madison State Road in Amity, Edinburgh, and Taylorsville.

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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.

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