The Muskegon County Road Commission constructed Scenic Drive as a scenic byway auto tourists traveling the West Michigan Pike (US31). The curving concrete road, with its shade trees and Lake Michigan vista, provided travelers with a picturesque entry into the resort area at White Lake. In 1926 Governor Fred Green noted the importance of road development and auto tourism to the state's economy, stating: "while Michigan's lumber trade at its height brought $70 million annually to the state, the tourists and resort traffic today is worth $250 million annually and growing ever day." Dedicated in August 1928, Scenic Drive extended twenty-three miles. This is its highest point. The Great Depression ended plans to build an extension South to Grand Haven.