The Only US Highway Where Automobiles Are Banned

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MH-185 is a Michigan State Highway on a tiny Island named Mackinac, located in Lake Huron. According to an ordinance passed in 1898, no automobiles have been allowed to run on the asphalt of MH-185 and traffic is limited to […]



MH-185 is a Michigan State Highway on a tiny Island named Mackinac, located in Lake Huron. According to an ordinance passed in 1898, no automobiles have been allowed to run on the asphalt of MH-185 and traffic is limited to foot, on horses, by horse-driven vehicles or by bicycles only. It's the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned. ——————————– This video is narrated by History & Intrigue Youtube channel. He makes interesting history videos. Please check out his channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsSRyDvTYmbcqEAK0-0TGBw/featured ———————————————————————
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3. Selected videos are taken from videvo and pexels ———————————————————————- MH-185 is a Michigan State Highway on a tiny Island named Mackinac, located in Lake Huron. The Island is only 9.8 km2 in land area and around it, runs the 12.8 km long MH-185. Since the Highway is a circular one, it has no starting or ending point, leads to nowhere and doesn’t connect to any other highways. In the 1890s, when Automobiles had started to get popular in the country, some people attempted to bring cars to the Island, alienating the residents with their noise and disrupting the island's quiet, contemplative way of life. Several residents of the island complained that a doctor's car scared their horses and caused carriage accidents, and these complaints quickly prompted the ban on all motor vehicles. Since then, other than a handful of emergency and utility vehicles, no cars or trucks are allowed on the island and no motorized vehicles appear on M-185. For public transportation, the Island has horses – around 50 of them for 460 permanent residents. People bring 600 more horses to accommodate the peak tourism season in the summer when the island population swells to more than 15,000. Bike rentals are extremely big business on the Island with 10,000 bikes in use at any time in the summer. Naturally, Bike theft is the biggest crime on the island with 'Drunk Biking' popular among regular pub-goers. In the name of emergency vehicles, The Island has an Ambulance and a Firetruck. In the winter months, the Mackinac Island Police is allowed to patrol the Island in snowmobiles and roadside litter is picked up using a horse-driven wagon. In 1933, M-185 became a Highway, and M-185 designation was assigned to it for the first time. It became the only state highway in the nation where motor vehicles are banned.

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