June Update

I apologize for the lack of updates for a while. I’ve been sort of putting off this post. For now, the project is going up on a shelf. Not cancelled, but in a holding pattern.

Unfortunately, we lost our filmmaker recently. Additionally, a Good News/Bad News sort of thing is that Joshua is also working on a contract for his musical career. He’s still on-board for the Fugitives, but we’ll have to see how the contract negotiations work out.

We’ll continue to think and scheme and hopefully have some positive direction in the near future. We DEFINITELY want to thank everyone that has been following us and supporting us. Send us some positive vibes and we’ll get this on down the highway at some point. We don’t want it “forgotten” for too long!

–Patrick

Mini Tour 2 – Watertown to Yankton May 9th

Been some growing pains with the Fugitives, but we are still committed to bringing the tales of the Lost Highway back to the world!

We’re making another quick run – perhaps the last test run before the “real” trip.  This time we’ll go south from Watertown to Yankton, SD.  It is in Yankton that we can see perhaps the most dramatic artifact of the Meridian Highway.  The Meridian Bridge across the Missouri was one of the last pieces to be put into place to complete the highway.

The LandingOn Friday, May 9th, we’ll be stopping at The Landing Restaurant & Lounge (104 Capitol Street, Yankton) and our musician Joshua Kloyda will be performing on the patio at 7pm.  If you are in the area, stop by and chat with the Fugitives!

Also, if you are in Hayti, Arlington, Madison, Salem or Freeman and you’d like us to take a pit stop, let us know!

Bigger than “just” the fugitives!

While the fugitives are very involved and excited to make the trip down the Meridian Highway, it takes a WHOLE bunch of people to make this a reality.  We’d love to hear from you.

Meridian Highway Marker

Meridian Highway Post Sign

Here’s a great example from one friend of the fugitives, David Ewing.  He had been looking for something completely unrelated, but happened to find a gem for us.  A 1918 AAA map of transcontinental routes, showing various cross country auto trails including the Meridian Road (not yet referred to as a highway.)

Each map we look at shows something a little different or unique, so we love to look at them. For example, close to home something that I’ve wondered about is this: Did the Meridian Highway once go through White Rock, SD before turning north into North Dakota.  White Rock is now a ghost town, but you can still see the old ordered grid of the streets and avenues.

This map seems to show White Rock is on the road, whereas other maps show Rosholt, SD as the point it turned north.  Lots of mysteries to look at on this trip!

Thank you, David for sharing the link.

— Patrick

What is this “Fugitives” thing anyway?

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Fugitives Badge copy3Four creatives; a photographer, a musician, a filmmaker and a writer are setting out this summer on what was known as the Meridian Highway.

We’ll be travelling from the Canadian border in North Dakota to the Mexican border in Texas to rediscover the history and the people along what has been called North America’s first international highway.

After the trip, we will share what we’ve found with others in the form of a music CD, a documentary film and a words and pictures book.

Click to learn more about the “forgotten highway project” and click to read about the “four fugitives”.  Contact us a message if you have questions or would like to help support the project