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Newest IHS Press Release Tells the Story of How Indiana Became the Crossroads of America

May 1, 2024

The newest book from the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) Press, “Creating the Crossroads: 100 Years of Civil Construction in Indiana” by Sara A. Marshall, offers a unique perspective about Indiana’s civil construction history.

For those who have wondered how Indiana transformed from unsettled woodlands to adapting the moniker Crossroads of America, “Creating the Crossroads: 100 Years of Civil Construction in Indiana” embarks readers on a journey through the state’s construction past. The book dives deep into Indiana’s civil construction history and uncovers the hidden stories behind the state’s highways, roads and bridges.

Throughout the book, stories are told through the lens of Indiana Constructors Inc., the trade association representing Hoosier highway, road and bridge contractors. The pages educate readers on how Hoosier contractors survived the Great Depression and World War II, built the sprawling interstate system despite political scandals, created a stable industry for future generations and much more.

“Creating the Crossroads: 100 Years of Civil Construction in Indiana” is available through IHS’s Basile History Market for individual, school or library orders. To order wholesale, contact Becke Bolinger at 317-234-3683 or

For more information about the book or the IHS Press, call 317-232-1882 or visit

About the Author

A lifelong Hoosier, Sara A. Marshall is a 2019 alum of the University of Indianapolis, where she studied professional writing and creative nonfiction. Marshall is currently pursuing her master’s degree in arts administration from Indiana University, with an emphasis in creative placemaking and community development. Her creative writing has been published in Trailer Park Quarterly, Indiana Review Online, Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle and elsewhere. Marshall lives in Greenwood with her spouse and two cats, Popcorn and Mochi. For more information, visit


Title:                            Creating the Crossroads: 100 Years of Civil Construction in Indiana

Publisher:                    Indiana Historical Society Press

Pages:                         80

Size:                            9 x 12

Cover:                         Hardcover

Publication Date:        February 2024

Cost:                           $19.95

Print ISBN:                  978-0-87195-479-4

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