Madison Mayor Damon Welch, top; Jeanine Martin, state chaplain of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution; Marilyn Hutchinson of the John Paul Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution state regent Jeanie Hornung rededicated a historic marker at the intersection of Michigan Road, West Street and Milton Street on Saturday.

During her speech, Hutchinson said the John Paul Chapter of the DAR originally placed the bronze marker at the base of Michigan Hill in 1916. The marker commemorated the building of Michigan Road, which opened commerce and settlements from the Ohio River to Lake Michigan. She said the marker was originally placed to celebrate Indiana's centennial birthday.

Bottom, Ron Grimes, archivist at the Jefferson County Historical Society, speaks with Martin, about the first dedication of the historic marker, which happened in 1916.

The rock and bronze sign were damaged in 2012 and the John Paul chapter of the DAR worked with the city to restore and replace the marker.

City employees Richard Jester and Billy Applegate did the concrete work for the replacement. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/