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NAMING OF THE GUTHRIE TRAIL
THE GUTHRIE TRAIL
November 25, 1920 - North Vernon Sun
     It seems very probable the state road from Madison to Indianapolis will be named the "The Guthrie Trial" in honor of William A. Guthrie, of Dupont, who worked faithfully to get the state highway to Madison. In appreciation of Mr. Guthrie's efforts the local Chamber of Commerce has passed a resolution urging the highway commission to name the road "The Guthrie Trail".
     O. R. Platter, president of the Chamber of Commerce has mailed the resolution adopted to both Mr. Guthrie and Governor Goodrich. In reply Goodrich said:
     "I have your letter of the 15th enclosing copy of your resolution. Senator Guthrie deserves every word you say about him and more too. Had it not been for his persistent and untiring efforts in behalf of the state road, it is very doubtful if it would ever have been established.
     Mr. Guthrie's letter follows:
     "Received yours of the 13th with enclosed resolutions, passed by your Chamber of Commerce.
     "I cannot help but feel gratified and complimented by your action. One to impress his work in such a way that his name should be mentioned in connection with such a prominent undertaking is sure pleasing.
     "This however to me is not the most that Jennings County people have done. You not only helped with the part of the road you were most interested in and did get, but seemed just as anxious and willing to have the State road continued to help me.
     "Your actions in standing by me until we got the part I was most interested in, is what I appreciate most. It shows your true spirit.
     "I was only one cog in the wheel to move the machine that put this over, all helped and were necessary to do it, but Mr. Platter you were my greatest assistance.
     "May we all work together to accomplish greater things in Southern Indiana."

GUTHRIE TRAIL MARKER PLACED
July 16, 1921 - The Columbus Republic
     The Guthrie trail, extending between this city and Madison, was marked at its entrance to this city today when a large bronze tablet was put in place two miles east of the city. Dr. N. M. King, of North Vernon, was here today to superintend the finishing of the marker. The plate was embedded in a stone weighing more than two tons and the stone itself was placed on a large concrete base. The marker is one of three which marks the Guthrie trail.
     The North Vernon Chamber of Commerce sponsored the movement to have the trail marked and Dr. King expressed his thanks for the aid it has received from local persons. Frank Hardin, county highway superintendent, constructed the concrete base, and George Unger, of the Unger monument works had the place set in the stone. The stone is a piece of glacial rock obtained from the southern part of Jennings county. The Guthrie trail was given its name in honor of ex-Senator Guthrie who was influential in having the road made a part of the state highway.


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