Illinois Route 13
is a major east–west state route in southern Illinois
. Illinois 13 has its western terminus at Centreville
at Illinois Route 157
and its eastern terminus at the Kentucky
state line and the Ohio River
, at Kentucky Route 56
. This is a distance of .
Illinois 13 runs southeast from the St. Louis, Missouri
area to Carbondale
. It is the main highway between these two cities.
Route 13 becomes the main east–west road through Carbondale, running from there to Marion and Harrisburg. Route 13 skirts the northern edge of the Shawnee Hills
, and the Shawnee National Forest
The state of Illinois was founded in 1818. One of its first governmental tasks was the construction of primitive dirt roads between the three pioneer villages of Cahokia
, and Shawneetown. Illinois Route 13 is a distant descendant of most of the Cahokia-Shawneeetown route, and has a claim to be one of the oldest state highways
Illinois Route 13 did not take its current physical form, though, until after the enactment of the Good Roads Movement
paving program in 1918. The statewide plan standardized the alignment of this road and numbered it Illinois 13
Except for a few alignment changes, Illinois 13 has remained the same since its inception in 1918. In 1937 it was rerouted around Sparta
(now Illinois Route 4
and Illinois Route 154
), replacing Illinois Route 152
in the process.
The other reroute took place... Read More