Indiana 3 North - Muncie to Markle

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North of U.S. 35 north and Indiana 28, Indiana 3 resumes as a two-lane highway as it heads north toward Hartford City across northern Delaware County. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Indiana 3 at the intersection with County Road 800 North, which heads east toward the town of Shideler. Photo taken 04/16/10.
A view of Indiana 3 to the north of the intersection with County Road 800 North. Photo taken 04/16/10.
In the northern part of Delaware County, Indiana 3 crosses the Mississinewa River near the town of Eaton. Photo taken 04/16/10.
On the other side of the Mississinewa River, Indiana 3 approaches the intersection with Eaton-Wheeling Pike/Indiana Avenue which leads east to the town of Eaton. To the west, the road heads toward the town of Wheeling. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Indiana 3 enters the fourth-smallest county in Indiana by size, Blackford County (population 12,766). Photo taken 04/16/10.
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Blackford County is small as compared to the other counties that Indiana 3 goes through. A few rural miles of highway precede the Hartford City area. Photos taken 04/16/10.
Indiana 3 enters the Blackford County seat of Hartford City (population 6,220). In town, Indiana 3 is known as Walnut Street. Photo taken 04/16/10.
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Indiana 3 (Walnut Street) bisects the residential street grid north from Little Lick Creek through southern Hartford City. Photos taken 04/16/10.
Near Downtown Hartford City, Indiana 3 (Walnut Street) nears the intersection with Indiana 26 (Washington Street). Indiana 26 goes for 150 miles across the state from the Illinois state line east through Lafayette, Rossville, Fairmount, Upland and Portland before crossing into Ohio near Fort Recovery. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Now at the intersection of Indiana 3 (Walnut Street) and Indiana 26 (Washington Street). The Blackford County courthouse and the Historic District that surrounds it is one block to the east within Downtown Hartford City. Photo taken 04/16/10.
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North of central Hartford City, Indiana 3 (Walnut Street) goes through some residential neighborhoods before transitioning into a commercial zone that serves the city and Blackford County. Photos taken 04/16/10.
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Views of Indiana 3 as it leaves Hartford City and continues northward towards Markle, which is now the only community left along the highway. From the retail corridor along Indiana 3 north of Hartford City, the highway quickly transitions back to rural, agricultural fields. Photos taken 04/16/10.
Indiana 18 totals 141 miles from the Illinois border to U.S. 27 in Bryant. The highway goes through Fowler, Delphi, Galveston, Converse, Marion and Montpelier along its route. Photo taken 04/16/10.
The only decent-sized town in Blackford County, Montpelier is five miles to the east while Marion, the county seat of Grant County, is about 16 miles to the west. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Now at the intersection of Indiana 3 and Indiana 18 near the town of Roll. Photo taken 04/16/10.
North of the intersection with Indiana 18, Markle is now 20 miles away. Fort Wayne, which used to be along Indiana 3 before the 1972 decommissioning, is 43 miles away. Despite no longer reaching Fort Wayne, the city remains a common destination for those traveling along Indiana 3 to the north. Photo taken 04/16/10.
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North of the intersection with Indiana 18, Indiana 3 enters the southwestern part of Wells County (population 27,636). Indiana 3 spends seven uneventful miles across Wells County as it continues to the north toward Markle. Traffic remains low as most of the traffic that is not local has been moved to Interstate 69, which is only a few miles to the west. Photos taken 04/16/10.
Nearing the boundary with Huntington County, Indiana 3 approaches the junction with Indiana 218. Photo taken 04/16/10.
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. Here, Indiana 3 is four miles east of Warren and nine miles west of Poneto. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Now at the junction with Indiana 3 and Indiana 218. Upon crossing the intersection, Indiana 3 enters Huntington County (population 37,124). Photo taken 04/16/10.
We are now 12 miles away from the northern end of the southern stretch of Indiana 3 at Markle, and 35 miles from Fort Wayne. Photo taken 04/16/10.
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Views of Indiana 3 in southeastern Huntington County. As with Wells and Blackford Counties, Indiana 3 crosses flat terrain on its trip toward Markle. Photos taken 04/16/10.
Approaching the junction with Indiana 124 along SR 3 north. Indiana 124 is a 67-mile highway that travels from Peru to Bluffton and the Ohio border. Mount Etna is just east of the intersection between the two highways. Photo taken 04/16/10.
From the junction of Indiana 3 and Indiana 124, Mount Etna is just under ten miles to the west while the Wells County seat of Bluffton is 11 miles to the east. Photo taken 04/16/10.
A four-way stop marks the intersection between Indiana 3 and Indiana 124. Photo taken 04/16/10.
The last mileage sign along the southern segment of Indiana 3 marks two familiar communities: Markle (6 miles away) and Fort Wayne (29 miles away). Photo taken 04/16/10.
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Indiana 3 finally makes its way into the Markle area. For the last few miles, the highway follows Interstate 69 to the west as it turns toward the town of Markle across the Huntington Lake area. Photos taken 04/16/10.
ndiana 3 enters its first town since Hartford City, the town of Markle (population 1,095). Within town, Indiana 3 is called Clark Street. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Nearing the north side of Markle, Indiana 3 (Clark Street) nears its northern end at U.S. 224 (Logan Street). U.S. 224 totals 289 miles from U.S. 24 in Huntington through Markle and Decatur en route across the state of Ohio to New Castle, Pennsylvania. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Now near the northern end of Indiana 3 (Clark Street) at the junction with U.S. 224 (Logan Street). Guide signs direct Indiana 3 traffic west along U.S. 224 to Interstate 69, where Indiana 3 will pick up again at Exit 111. Indiana 3 was decommissioned in 1972 upon completion of the Interstate 69 freeway which made the highway between Markle and Fort Wayne obsolete. Photo taken 04/16/10.
Clark Street continues beyond the northern endpoint of Indiana 3 (Clark Street) northeast as Marzane Road (named for the fact that it connected Markle and the town of Zanesville) and Indianapolis Road into the city of Fort Wayne. From this intersection, the road reenters Wells County, which means that before the decommissioning, Indiana 3 entered Wells County twice. Photo taken 04/16/10.


 


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04/16/10 by Thomas Decker

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