City News, Friday, 16 November, 1923
Great Dunes Highway Formally
Under clouded skies, threatening rain and snow,
Michigan City and Gary and visitors from all nearby cities, formally
dedicated the Dunes Highway this afternoon, and the highway was
formally thrown open to traffic.
Threatening Rain Fails to Dampen Ardor of the Procession.
The main feature of the parade was the four-mile
automobile parade this afternoon from Gary to Michigan City. The
motor procession, which included cars from many northern Indiana
cities, Michigan and Chicago, left Gary shortly after 2 o'clock.
The parade assembled on Broadway between Seventh and Fifth avenues and
moved eastward on Fifth avenue. Heading the procession was a band
of motor police as an escort and the pilot car of the Hoosier State
Automobile association, followed by the Gary and Michigan City pilot
cars, the band, the official cars containing state highway
officials. The Michigan City automobile delegation was next in
line, followed by members of the Illinois Automobile club and Hoosier
State Auto association, and a service truck. Behind these came
hundreds of private cars, out to help dedicate the great
A short stop at Baileytown was scheduled, where a
bronze marker was placed. The Michigan City delegation then took
the lead of the procession on to this city.
The parade was due to reach Michigan City shortly
before five o'clock and proceed through the city and out Second street
to the north section of the Dunes Highway (Grand Beach road) to the
Indiana-Michigan state line, where the great highway links up with the
West Michigan Pike.
The parade will then return to Michigan City where
it will disband. The banquet at the Hotel Spaulding is scheduled
for 6:30 and 250 will be present, it is expected. F. H. Doran,
chairman of the good roads committee of the Chamber of Commerce was to
preside. The banquet program follows:
Introductory remarks by A. S. Hess, president of the
Dunes Highway association.
Address by Earl Crawford of the Indiana State
Address by Frank D. Rogers of the state highway
commission of Michigan.
Song, "There's a Long, Long Trail."
Address by W. H. Loutit, president of the West
Michigan Pike association.
Address by W. P. Gleason, president of the Gary park
Address by H. J. Gray, manager Michigan Tourist and
Address by F. T. Vosjell, district engineer, U. S.
bureau of public roads.
Address by Captain H. S. Norton, president Gary
Remarks by other distinguished guests.