Dixie Highway

Drivin' the Dixie reverses course but continues traditions

The 18th annual Drivin' the Dixie motor tour on Saturday, June 15, will defy gravity, after a fashion, by swimming upstream. The celebration of the historic Dixie Highway has always started in Blue Island and followed a route south to Momence. This year, for the first time, the tour will start in Momence and travel north to Blue Island.

Fatal accidents spurred railroad to build Dixie Highway viaduct

Deadly traffic accidents in the early years of the last century served as the catalyst for the decision to eliminate all grade rail crossings along the Illinois Central line between downtown Chicago and Matteson-Richton.

Pop's Popcorn Shop opens in Homewood

Attention popcorn lovers! If you have been wishing for a gourmet specialty popcorn shop located in Homewood, your dreams have come true. Pop’s Popcorn Shop has opened at 18035 Dixie Highway offering unique popcorn flavors.

Drivin' the Dixie meets Porsches & Pastries to give Homewood abundance of classy cars

Cars and more cars descended upon Homewood on Saturday, June 16, as two road rallies converged on the village. The day included the annual Drivin' the Dixie journey that follows the historic Dixie Highway from Blue Island to Momence. Homewood and Flossmoor hosted stops for drivers and invited them to take refreshment and enjoy the sights in the villages.

IDOT, Homewood in talks about addressing Dixie Highway viaduct flooding problem

During a rain and hail storm on Feb. 28, one driver found out the hard way what most local motorists know: The Dixie Highway viaduct in Homewood is prone to flooding. Homewood officials met recently with IDOT to discuss resolving the problem.

Dixie Highway’s importance stressed at Chicago centennial tribute

Dixie Highway’s historic significance was commemorated Thursday at an event in downtown Chicago. Homewood historian Jim Wright, who is treasurer of the Model A club, spoke of the highway’s importance in the development of the South Suburbs.

Downtown Chicago event Oct. 8 marks the centennial of the Dixie Highway

The final event to mark the 100th anniversary of the organizing of Dixie Highway, the country’s first interstate route, will be a 10 a.m. ceremony on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Homewood sign commemorating Dixie Highway to be dedicated Saturday

The Dixie Highway marks its 100th anniversary this year, and Homewood will mark the milestone with the dedication at 10:30 a.m. Saturday of a new interpretive sign in Independence Park.

Cars, drivers and stories visit Homewood during Drivin' the Dixie tour

Jeff Heilman's 1936 Buick was one of the first cars to 
arrive in Homewood during the Drivin' the Dixie 

Chicago to Cairo, along the Egyptian Trail: Trail Celebrates its Centennial in 2015

Today history and auto enthusiasts are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dixie Highway, a pioneering route for early auto traffic. Drivin' the Dixie is a rolling auto show that retraces the route of the famous highway through the South Suburbs. This year is also the centennial of the start of Dixie Highway's roadway cousin, the Egyptian Trail. This article by Homewood Historical Society President JIm Wright details the development of the trail and how the Dixie and the Egyptian roadways converged in Homewood.

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