BERRIEN SPRINGS — Leo Goodsell, director of the 1839 Courthouse Museum, will present a program on "Berrien County and the Dixie Highway" at the museum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.The development and promotion of one of America's most significant early highways, the Dixie Highway, was the brainstorm of Indiana native Carl G. Fisher. Initially conceived as a highway to link Indianapolis to Miami in Florida, the Dixie ultimately stretched all the way from Mackinaw City through Niles and on to Miami.It served as a huge catalyst for road construction, tourism and land development for vacationers.The Dixie Highway was not Fisher's only project. He also transformed Miami Beach from a mangrove swamp into one of America's favorite resorts.Although the one-time millionaire died nearly penniless in 1939, Fisher put his stamp on such impressive automotive achievements as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Lincoln and Dixie highways.The museum is on Cass Street in Berrien Springs. Admission is free to members of the Berrien County Historical Association, and $1 for non-members.Those who want more information may call the Berrien County Historical Association at 471-1202.