You’re in your car, and reach into your glove box. What do you find? Chances are you’re one of the thousands of people who has an official copy of Indiana’s State Transportation Map. If you don’t have one, there has probably been a time or two when you wished you did!
With 500,000 copies printed each year, the Indiana State Transportation Map remains one of the most popular items to come off the presses. You know the map helps you find your way around Indiana’s state roads, but we’ll bet there are a few things you didn’t know about Indiana’s state highway map.
- The official Indiana state highway map was first printed for public distribution in 1930 – more than 80 years ago.
- When the map was first produced, each road was drawn in by hand.
- In 1930, when the map was first printed, there were still no interstate highways in Indiana.
- The map features a variety of fun facts and travel, tourist and economic information about Indiana.
- There are more than 12,000 miles of road (Interstate, U.S. and State Routes) shown on the Indiana map.
- County roads are not shown on the state highway map because there’s just too many of them – 66,000 miles, to be exact!
- On the Indiana map, you can find four Millersburgs, Salems and Mount Pleasants. You can also find five places named Wheeler!
- The town of Beanblossom was named for Captain Beanblossom, who nearly drowned in a creek there.
- In the past 30 years, more than 70 communities have been removed from the state highway map because they no longer exist.
- Before removing a community from the state highway map, the Indiana Department of Transportation visits the location to ensure the community is gone.
- When the town of Anita was eliminated from the state map, an individual proposed legislation to put the town back on the map – and it passed!
- There’s still a debate over the name of one Indiana town. The town of East Germantown changed its name to Pershing after World War I; however some residents still refer to it by the original name.
- The Indiana Department of Transportation prints 500,000 state highway maps each year.
- The map features aerial photographs of some of the biggest road construction projects in Indiana, including the U.S. 31 Kokomo Freeway, U.S. 24 Fort to Port, I-80/94 Borman Expressway, and Accelerate 465 in Indianapolis.
- Thousands of Hoosiers pick up a map at the Indiana State Fair each year.
- The map covers all the cities, towns and villages in Indiana from A to Z. Did you know Indiana has a city named Zulu?
- Do you want to know the distance between Anderson and Wabash? Check the handy mileage chart on the back of the map.
- Some roads that are not even built yet are shown on the state highway map. On Indiana’s map you can see the planned route of the new I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis.
- Indiana has two nationally designated Scenic Byways – indicated on the state map in green. Follow these routes for unique glimpses of Indiana culture, beauty and history.
- Confused about the time zone changes in Indiana? The state map will tell you where Eastern Time stops and Central Time starts.
- You can use your smart phone to access information about seven trip ideas featured on the map. Just use your iPhone or Android app to snap a picture of the trip QR Code find out more.
- The map includes a listing of Indiana Department of Natural Resource property locations and contact information for Indiana State Police District offices.
You can request a copy of the Indiana State Transportation Map by following this link: