Meigs, Georgia Aims to Regain Its Past With the Help of a Scenic Bypass

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Meigs, GA -- August 12, 2011 ---

The city thrived from the turn of the 20th century until the 1960s when Highway 19 was built and bypassed it.

Now, its residents hope getting Old Georgia Highway 3, also known as the Dixie Highway, designated as a 'Scenic Bypass' by the Department of Transportation will bring people through again.

Says city Marketing and Economic Development Coordinator Ernest Barfield, "That would help new business be attracted to the area and it would diversify our base -- our tax base -- with tourism and small businesses."

Meigs is the only town left on the Dixie Highway with its original marker.

The historic highway starts in Albany, Georgia, and ends at Flowers Bakery in Thomasville.

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  • by road kill Location: ga on Aug 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    havent we got enough highways in this country.
  • by ypsi-slim Location: Ypsilanti, MI on Aug 13, 2011 at 06:24 PM
    The Dixie Highway is a historic named highway from 1915 that starts in Sault Ste Marie, MI and ends in Miami Beach. There is already a scenic/historic byway in North Georgia, see:
  • by Dave Location: Thomasville on Aug 13, 2011 at 04:32 AM
    I used to work in this area and always drove through Meigs instead of driving 19 just for the scenery . It's a beautiful drive.
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      by greg peters on Aug 13, 2011 at 09:04 PM in reply to Dave
      no different than any other dead end ga. town.
  • by izitjustme? Location: undisclosed on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    This town needs all the help it can get.Small communities like this are disappearing into crumbling vacant buildings. This is happening across our country. There must be a way to economically save our history,and our Small Town,USA
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      by stimulus money for projects in your home town. on Aug 13, 2011 at 09:03 PM in reply to izitjustme?
      dont worry help is on the way. in the name of asphalt.
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