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Perry promoting Dixie Highway for tourism

On the other side of the Mississippi, it was Route 66, but once upon a time, Macon and Perry had the Dixie Highway.

It's still there of course, winding through Macon and Perry, and a historian wants travelers to know the significance of the road beneath their wheels.

In 1914, The Dixie Highway Association was founded to bring tourists south.

When the interstate system was created in the 1950s, many of those roads were forgotten.

A sign along Highway 41 shows the distance to Perry and other towns along the Dixie Highway.

The Mossy Oaks Lodge was one of the stops along the route.

The remains of the old road running parallel to 41 are still there along with an old bridge near Flat Creek.

Sandi Smeltzer with Discover Perry says the Dixie Highway Promotion will help bring people through town.

"If we can be involved with as many trails and highway projects and tourism product development projects, it would ulitmately help the overall big picture of tourism for Perry," says Smeltzer.

A man named Edwin Jackson is traveling the Dixie Highway route speaking in communities to try and bring new attention to it.


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