Apparently, this sign on Broad St. in Keyport, NJ, is for the drivers who don't see Raritan Bay in the distance.

Many old highway bridges in New Jersey bear markings such as this displaying the road's pre-1953 number, but this one goes all the way back to the earliest numbering system in New Jersey, instituted in the 1920s. Route 12 ran from Paterson to Phillipsburg, parallelling the present-day US 46 and NJ 57. Some segments of the old road that did not become part of the new are still in use, such as Fairfield Rd. in Fairfield and this section of Old Bloomfield Ave. in Montville Township (Pine Brook).

This old cross buck on Fort Dix St. in Pemberton, NJ, most likely would have been taken down when the tracks were removed but for the survival of the North Pemberton railroad station (out of the picture to the right) as a museum.

This old directional in Warwick, MA, has been well preserved. I don't know how old it is.

These signs stood within several blocks of each other in Newton, NJ, although only the third remains. All the signs guide US 206 traffic (and before it, NJ 31 and NJ S31 traffic) through Newton. The middle sign was on the town square, marking the current alignment of US 206. It has been replaced with a conventional white on green sign, although mileage has been retained. The other two probably marked an earlier alignment, possibly of the predecessor state routes, through the town. The first stood at Spring and Madison Sts., while the third still stands at Sparta Ave. and Spring St. I have seen other old photographs showing embossed signs without mileage, but I am not sure why this was done.

Unlike New Jersey, where old signs are generally found on alignments no longer used by the state highway, in New York many, such as this pair in Cazenovia on US 20, can be found on alignments still in use. The historical marker on the left points toward the site of Samuel de Champlain's attack, allied with the Huron Indians, on the Iroquois stronghold at Oneida Castle in 1615.

These signs on Cooperstown's Main Street have seen many inductions into the Baseball Hall of Fame up the street since they were installed. The NY 28 sign should properly have a "TO" banner since it veers off to the north and west before reaching the center of town.


Bully! Theodore Roosevelt was vacationing at Camp Tahawus in the Adirondacks when word reached him that William McKinley, recuperating from his shooting in Buffalo, had taken a turn for the worse and was sinking fast. Roosevelt raced by horseback and stagecoach to North Creek, where a train sped him to Buffalo, but he arrived 13 hours after McKinley died. NY 28N follows Roosevelt's trail to North Creek. A roadside monument marks the approximate spot where Roosevelt became President. Roosevelt had been called to Buffalo when McKinley was shot, but had returned to Tahawus because McKinley seemed to be recovering and Roosevelt did not wish to appear to be waiting for him to die. Mount Marcy, the highest peak in the Adirondacks, is nearby.

For years, I stopped at this light at the corner of Valley and French Hill Rds. in Wayne, NJ, and wondered when someone in the county highway department would realize that the arrow pointed right (properly), not left. Apparently, they never did, because the sign remained until this signal was removed and a new right-turn signal installed on the other side of the right-turn lane during a mid-2000s intersection overhaul.

"28 miles from New York" proclaims this milestone on Broadway in Sleepy Hollow (formerly North Tarrytown), NY. The stone is apparently sinking as the mileage is only half visible.

Tradition has it that the town of Mineral Point, WI, was originally called Shake Rag because at meal time the wives of the Cornish lead miners would shake white cloths to let their husbands working the mine windlass know that it was time to come home to eat.

Many early traffic signals were placed in the center of the intersection, replacing the police boxes that had been used. As traffic increased, they became an obstruction and were moved either to corners or overhead. This signal in Canajoharie, NY, has survived into the 21st century. It is on NY 10 at the bottom of a long hill, typical of approaches to Mohawk Valley towns from the south.

Near Chittenango Falls State Park stands this old welcome sign on northbound NY 13.

In addition to the standard directionals with three or four destinations, New York also used single-destination signs that resembled street-sign blades. This pair is in the hamlet of East Durham on NY 145. Unfortunately, someone has turned them in the wrong direction.

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