State Road 1 South - Allen & Wells Counties

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Indiana 1 south
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We begin on Indiana 1 heading south from Interstate 469/U.S. 24/U.S. 33 in southern Allen County (population 355,329). The highway once went north of the interstate along Bluffton Road into the city of Fort Wayne, but has since been decommissioned to the interstate, splitting the overall highway in two. Indiana 1 heads through mainly agricultural fields as it leaves the Fort Wayne area en route for Wells County. Photos taken 02/06/12.
At the junction with Indiana 1 and Yoder Road, which goes to the town of Yoder less than a mile to the west. Photo taken 02/06/12.
A view of Indiana 1 south of the intersection with Yoder Road. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 enters Wells County (population 27,636). Photo taken 02/06/12.
Upon entering Wells County, Indiana 1 passes by the flasher light intersection with County Road 1100 North. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 to the south of County Road 1100 North nearing the town of Ossian. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 enters the town of Ossian (population 3,289) along Jefferson Street. Photo taken 02/06/12.
A view of Indiana 1 (Jefferson Street) on the north side of Ossian. While it's not as big as the county seat of Bluffton, Ossian has seen steady growth as a suburb of the Fort Wayne. The location of the town along Indiana 1 only a few miles from Interstate 469/U.S. 24/U.S. 33 and the Fort Wayne International Airport has helped. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 (Jefferson Street) through Downtown Ossian. The stoplight up ahead is with Mill Street. Photo taken 02/06/12.
A small commercial district abuts Indiana 1 (Jefferson Street) on the south side of Ossian. While most of the community will head north toward Fort Wayne along Indiana 1, the stretch between Ossian and Bluffton remains heavy with county traffic that may be headed to the county seat for business. Photo taken 02/06/12.
On the far south side of Ossian, Indiana 1 (Jefferson Street) passes by the intersection with County Road 850 North which serves the Ossian Industrial Park. Photo taken 02/06/12.
South of County Road 850 North, Indiana 1 is again a rural highway as it now heads toward the Wells County seat of Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 nears the intersection with U.S. 224 in between Ossian and Bluffton. U.S. 224 goes for 289 miles from U.S. 24 in Huntington through Markle and Decatur en route across the state of Ohio to New Castle, Pennsylvania. In total, the highway goes for 289 miles. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Looking at the stoplight intersection with Indiana 1 and U.S. 224. The Adams County seat of Decatur is 12 miles to the east while Markle and Interstate 69 is about 13 miles to the west. Photo taken 02/06/12.
South of the junction with U.S. 224, Bluffton is six miles away with Redkey, in southwestern Jay County, at 35 miles. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Another mileage sign gives the distance to the Fayette County seat of Connersville, at 91 miles. After Bluffton, Connersville is the next major community that Indiana 1 goes through. Photo taken 02/06/12.
A view of Indiana 1 heading toward the city of Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Still about three miles north of the downtown, Indiana 1 officially enters the Wells County seat of Bluffton (population 9,897). Due to suburban growth, residential and commercial developments have headed north from the main part of Bluffton along Indiana 1, called Main Street in town, pushing the corporation line in the country. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Since most of the residents who live in Bluffton work in Fort Wayne, if not Bluffton itself, the commuter traffic heads north along Indiana 1 (Main Street). Commercial development has been set up along this stretch of highway. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Passing by a couple of big-box stores, Indiana 1 (Main Street) comes up to the first stoplight intersection in Bluffton, with Monroe Street (County Road 200 North). Photo taken 02/06/12.
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South of Monroe Street, Indiana 1 (Main Street) continues south past a mix of commercial and residential zones as we are still two miles out from the downtown. Photos taken 02/06/12.
We are now coming up on the intersection with Indiana 116 west/Indiana 124 west (Dustman Road). Indiana 116 starts at U.S. 224 in Markle and heads south toward Bluffton and into Adams County, ending at U.S. 27 in Geneva and going for 32 miles. Indiana 124 is a 67-mile highway that goes from Peru to Bluffton and the Ohio border. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Both Indiana 116 and Indiana 124 will follow Indiana 1 (Main Street) toward Downtown Bluffton. Both state highways flow Dustman Road to the west, where Indiana 124 breaks off toward county Road 100 North. Before the early 2000s, Indiana 124 was routed through Downtown Bluffton. The highway was rerouted along County Roads 100 East and 100 North along with Indiana 116 (Dustman Road). Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 south & 116-124 east
Indiana 1 south & Indiana 116-124 east (Main Street) head south as a four-lane highway through another commercial corridor that once marked the north side of Bluffton before it moved further north along Indiana 1. We are now a mile from Downtown Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
The Wells County Courthouse looms in the distance as Indiana 1-116-124 (Main Street) head toward the south. Photo taken 02/06/12.
We now approach the split with Indiana 1 south & 116 east (Main Street) and Indiana 124 east (Division Road). Indiana 124 heads east out of Bluffton toward the community of Monroe in Adams County. Before the reroute of Indiana 124 around Bluffton, the state highway came in from the south to continue east along its current routing. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 south & 116 east
Indiana 1 south & 116 east (Main Street) now cross over the Wabash River and enter Downtown Bluffton. A pedestrian bridge flanks the highway span on the west side, connecting to a pathway of trails along the Wabash River. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Traffic heading south along Indiana 1 and Indiana 116 are directed to use the left lane since the right lane ends just south of Downtown Bluffton. This is the most urban that Indiana 1 will get until the city of Connersville. Before the early 2000s, Indiana 124 traffic would have also followed this highway to the Wabash Street intersection (the first stoplight in this picture) where it would have followed Wabash Street to west toward Oak Street north to Lancaster Street, heading west out of the city of Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
A view of Indiana 1 & 116 (Main Street) at Wabash Street as the multiplex goes through the heart of Downtown Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
The tower from the Wells County Courthouse rises over Downtown Bluffton as we follow Indiana 1 & 116 south along Main Street through Downtown Bluffton. A sign bridge warns of the end of the right lane. Highway shields for the two state highways were also once on the sign bridge, but they have since been removed. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 south & 116 east (Main Street) heads out of Downtown Bluffton as the right lane ends past the Washington Street intersection (at the next stoplight). Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 & 116 (Main Street) pass by the Bluffton Regional Medical Center as it continues south toward the south side of Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
A view of Indiana 1 south & 116 east (Main Street) on the south side of Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 & 116 (Main Street) pass by the intersection with Spring Street, leading east to a National Guard Armory and Bluffton Elementary School. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 south/Indiana 116 east (Main Street) curve by some industrial and commercial zones as it heads south out of the city of Bluffton. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Now of the far south side of Bluffton, we near the point where Indiana 116 will split off toward the east, en route to the communities of Vera Cruz and Geneva. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Only a passing blister (the passing lane to the right) marks the intersection with Indiana 1 and Indiana 116 south. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 south
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South of Bluffton, traffic levels drop dramatically as the highway heads toward the southern part of Wells County. Photos taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 comes up to the junction with Indiana 218. Indiana 218 goes for over 91 miles in two segments. The western segment exists in Carroll, Cass and Miami Counties. The eastern 50-mile segment begins at Indiana 15 in La Fontaine and heads east toward Warren and Berne before reaching the Ohio border. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 enters the very small town of Relffsburg at the junction with Indiana 1 and Indiana 218. Photo taken 02/06/12.
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In the town of Relffsburg, Indiana 1 nears the four-way stop with Indiana 218. The Swiss town of Berne is ten miles to the east while Poneto is four miles to the west. Photos taken 02/06/12.
Now at the intersection with Indiana 1 and Indiana 218. Photo taken 02/06/12.
The next decent-sized community that Indiana 1 will go through is Redkey (23 miles away) while the next large community is Connersville (77 miles away). Photo taken 02/06/12.
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South of the junction with Indiana 218, Indiana 1 goes through the town of Petroleum. Photos taken 02/06/12.
South of Petroleum, Redkey is 19 miles away while Connersville is 73 miles away. Photo taken 02/06/12.
Indiana 1 enters Jay County (population 21,253). A blue sign to the right identifies Indiana 1 as the Purple Heart Memorial Highway. Photo taken 02/06/12.


 


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02/06/12 by Thomas Decker

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