I did stuff for my mother early because I decided I wanted to head home by way of the west coast. For as long as I've been doing this blog I've wanted pictures of those lighthouses with a layer of ice on them. Since the weather has been particularly cold and the roads were clear, I decided to head over that way.
Based on google maps, there were a number of ways that I could take over there. One of them took me out of my way to the north, the other took me out of the way to the south (but it was mostly freeway and I was considering that). The most direct route was to take M-46 once I reached Saginaw. It was also probably the most rewarding.
M-46 was designated in 1919 and ran from Howard City until Saginaw. It picked up again from Tuscola County until Port Sanillac. It wasn't quite the same route as it is today, as it went directly into Howard City. It also went directly into Alma. (It does neither of those things now). In 1927, the gap between Saginaw and Tuscola county was filled in. At that time, it was also extended to Muskegon.
In 1936, the highway was altered to straighten the path from Howard City to Amble. That created a gap in the highway again. The highway was changed a few more times until the 70's when it was mostly given it's current configuration. There is a little jaunt where it is shared with US-131. In the 1980's, the final changes where made when the extension to the ferry docks was eliminated. Now it ends at Business 131 in Muskegon. One of these days, I may have to take it from Port Sanilac to Muskegon as I didn't have much time yesterday.
There were some other neat sights along the way which means that I'm going to have travel this way again at some point but I had other missions yesterday.