Old 24 Could Be Re-Named In Honor Of Pond

By Emily Dwire - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

September 28, 2013 Updated Sep 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (21Alive) – Renaming a stretch of highway to honor a true public servant.

Allen County commissioners discussed designating a portion of the "Old 24" highway in memory of the late State Representative Phyllis Pond.

The memorial would be an 11-foot stretch of highway near New Haven. A couple months ago, the Allen County Planning Commission agreed to rename U.S. 24 to "Old 24."

The former U.S. 24 became a secondary roadway when the new four-lane highway connecting Fort Wayne to Port of Toledo opened.

Commissioners thought it would appropriate to rename parts of it, again, in memory of Pond.

"she was just absolutely an icon in New Haven, she brought a lot of jobs here, she educated in kindergarten about half of the people in this community, probably more than that. Everybody knew Phyllis, and she knew everyone, and she just represented the citizens of New Haven and Allen County so well that we think its important that people like that be remembered in way like this,” said Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters.

The commissioners will discuss details of the memorial at a later date.

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