New Buffalo Welcome Center

New Buffalo Welcome Center

The nation's first Highway Travel Information center opened on May 4, 1935, on US-12 at New Buffalo, not far from here. Other states followed Michigan's lead, and by 1985 there were 251 travel information centers across the nation. The New Buffalo center was built by the Michigan State Highway Department, now the Michigan Department of Transportation, to welcome motorists entering the state via US-12. It was relocated at this site with its more modern building, on April 6, 1972, after the I-94 Freeway was completed. Michigan's state-wide travel information program, which began in 1935, includes staffed welcome centers and interpretive, promotional and informational displays at rest areas and roadside parks across the state.
photo of New Buffalo Welcome Center

Registered Site L1256
Erected 1982

Location: Welcome Center Northbound I-94
New Buffalo, Berrien County

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Latitude: 41.7647659, Longitude: -86.7412018

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