We followed Old Highway 10 to the southeast and discovered the spot where it intersects with the present highway 10. Note the double lanes crossing from right to left. Traffic speeds by all day, oblivious to this passing lane.
This short stretch is right out in the open and visible from Highway 10 as you approach Detroit Lakes from the east.
This is our third gallery of stuff from the lost highway. Go back and read from the beginning.
Photos by Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
This is a closed section of Old Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes. It was bypassed and abandoned when Highway 10 was widened and improved.
Terry and I made a trip to the “Lost Highway’ in May of 2011. The buds were just barely showing on the trees after a cold spring. Within moments of our arrival, the owner showed up, graciously gave us permission to photograph the property, and clued us in to the history of the place.
This section of old highway 10 is one of the last remnants of a railroad stop known as McHugh, Minnesota. He also told us one of the final standing structures from the town that was once McHugh collapsed in the winter of 2010 under heavy snow.
A vacant home stares down the railroad tracks from a ridge overlooking McHugh.
I had explored this part of the Lost Highway before, in the fall of 2010. You can see the pictures from that visit here. However I was unaware there was another section of Old Highway 10 yet to be photographed. See it in part two.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC
This is the former US Highway 10 near Detroit Lakes. It was closed in the seventies when Highway 10 was widened to four lanes, leaving this stretch blocked-off and abandoned.
Today, deer and snowmobiles are the only traffic. These photos were taken in the fall of 2010.
Through every crack in the pavement, nature intrudes.
The hike through here is effortless and the photo opportunities in the fall are incredible. I had to ask around on my Facebook for directions, but it was pretty easy to find with a little help from Google Earth.
We photographed another lost highway near Bagley, and one in North Dakota, created by a man-made flood.
In another century, this highway will be virtually indistinguishable from the landscape.
This visit to the lost highway was in the fall of 2010 and I was unaware of a deeper history waiting to be discovered. In the spring of 2011, we would find out this was much more than simply a closed section of blacktop. Continue the story here.
Photos by Troy Larson, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC