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Below are listings and details for each of the current Historic Heritage Routes around the state, including the limits of the Route, its length, notes and related links.

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US-2 Route MarkerIron County Heritage Route logo

Iron County
Heritage Trail

Western End:   Iron River
Eastern End:   Crystal Falls
Length: 16 miles
Notes: From MDOT: "Located in the southwest corner of Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, Iron County is steeped in the rich history of two industries that built a state and nation: mining and logging. Rustic mining camps, museums, parks and period houses usher visitors back in time as they travel the 16-mile route and intersecting roadways. It’s the perfect venue to learn what made iron king, an amazing story started some 1.2 billion years ago and entailing the Bronze Age, Industrial Revolution and world conflicts."
  While the officially-designated Historic Heritage Trail is the 16 miles of US-2 from Crystal Falls to Iron River, the "Iron County Heritage Trail" itself is"composed of a 36 mile loop connecting 14 premier sites that provide visitors the opportunity to discover the historic and recreation resources of Iron County." The loop continues south from the Heritage Route's western end in Iron River via M-189, then turns east via CR-424 through Caspian, Gaastra and Alpha, before returning to Crystal Falls via US-2/US-141. Thus, the Iron County Historic Heritage Route is only a portion of the overall Iron County Heritage Trail.
Weblinks: Updated Iron County Heritage Trail - the official site of the Heritage Route from the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region.
  Updated Iron County Heritage Trail Corridor Plan - the plan compiled by the WUPPDR to help manage the Route.
  US-2 Route Listing
US-12 Route MarkerU.P. Hidden Coast Heritage Route logo

Heritage Trail

Western End: New Buffalo
Eastern End: Downtown Detroit
Length: 209 miles
Notes: While two short segments of US-12 has been previously designated as Historic Heritage Routes, in Saline and Clinton/Clinton Twp, on June 9, 2004 the entire length of US-12 from New Buffalo on the Lake Michigan shore to the eastern terminus of US-12 in downtown Detroit was designated as a Historic Heritage Route in its entirety. And while most of the other Heritage Routes in Michigan have been designated with a descriptive name, this route continues to be known as just the US-12 Heritage Trail.
  From MDOT: "US-12 is among the oldest road corridors east of the Mississippi River and accesses some of the most extensive and significant historic, cultural, scenic and recreational resources in Michigan," said Pete Hanses, MDOT's Heritage Route manager. "It begins in downtown Detroit, just blocks from the Detroit River, and extends through southern Michigan to the Michigan/Indiana border south of New Buffalo. It was originally a network of centuries-old trails created by Native Americans. Over the years it has had many names such as Sauk Trail, Chicago Road, and Michigan Avenue."
  Also from MDOT: "Centuries in the making, the US-12 Heritage Trail connects man, animals, commerce, culture, and nature. From its origins as a network of Native American trails, the US-12 Heritage Trail became one of the most important migration routes for settlers into the Michigan territory. The road was paved in 1920 when Ford sold over a million cars and was officially designated as a United States highway in 1926. Today the 212-mile US-12 Heritage Trail stretches from Detroit to New Buffalo, continuing to be the backbone of Southern Michigan and an access point for exploration and discovery. Rich in colorful character, remarkable history and an ever- changing landscape, the US-12 Heritage Trail invites the traveler to journey its winding road, meet its people, explore its places and uncover its hidden treasures."
Weblinks: US-12 Heritage Trail website as managed by the Southwestern Michigan Planning Commission.
  "US-12 historic designation approved by Heritage Route Committee" press release from MDOT.
  "US–12 Heritage Trail Seeks Designation As A Michigan Historic Heritage Route" from the Michigan Tourism Business publication.
  US-12 Route Listing
M-25 Route Marker

Center Avenue Heritage Route/
Bay City Historic Route

Western End: Madison Ave in downtown Bay City
Eastern End: Bay City east city limit
Length: 1.5 miles
Notes: From MDOT: "M-25 through Bay City was designated as a Historic Heritage Route. The City of Bay City in conjunction with MDOT nominated the 1.5 miles long portion of M-25 which runs from Madison Avenue to Livingston Avenue. Visible from the road is the Bay County Building, which is on the National Register for Historic Places. The area also contains 48 pre-1900 and 32 1900–1929 structures, which are also on the National Register as part of the Center Avenue Historic District."
  Also from MDOT: "Travel this Heritage Route and you’ll return to an era when lumbering, ship building, agriculture and commerce flourished in the city by the bay. From its picturesque tree-lined streets, to majestic mansions, to a beautifully restored county building and business district, Bay City is a preservationist’s dream. The Center Avenue (M-25) neighborhood features more than 250 structures in the National Historic Register district, many of them late 1800s mansions of lumber barons and shipping industrialists. You’ll marvel at 150 years of building technology and architecture gracing one of the Great American Main Streets."
Weblinks: Center Avenue Corridor Management Plan from the Bay City Area Transportation Study (BCATS).
  M-25 Route Listing
I-94BL Route Marker

Marshall's Territorial Road
Historic Heritage Route

Western End: Marshall west city limit
Eastern End: Marshall east city limit
Length: 2.3 miles
Notes: Designated as a Historic Heritage Route on January 11, 2001.
  From MDOT: "The country’s largest National Historic District in the Small Urban category is the focus of this Heritage Route covering a 14-block area of Marshall. The route features 14 official Michigan historic markers, the most of any Michigan community outside Detroit. The markers recall Marshall’s early importance in Michigan history, especially in areas of government, education, abolition, railroads, unionism and architecture. Marshall’s tradition of historical preservation and restoration began in the 1920s and continues today with one of the Midwest’s finest historic home tours conducted annually since the 1950s."
  The portion of BL I-94/Michigan Ave in Marshall designated as a Heritage Route is the only such route signed in its entirety along an Interstate Business Connection.
Weblinks: "MDOT And City Of Marshall Join Efforts To Preserve City's Culture" press release from MDOT.
  BL I-94 (Marshall) Route Listing
M-125 Route Marker

Monroe Street
Heritage Route

Southern End: Monroe south city limit
Northern End: Monroe north city limit
Length: 1.5 miles
Notes: From MDOT: "M-125 through the City of Monroe was designated as a Historic Heritage Route. The City of Monroe in conjunction with MDOT nominated the portion of M-125 which runs through the Old Village Historic District, and is contiguous to the East Elm–North Macomb Historic District, and the Custer Equestrian Monument."
Weblinks: Monroe Street (M-125) - information at the Wildernet website.
  M-125 Route Listing

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