New York's use of street signs as directionals is not limited to town destinations. This assembly on NY 145 between Middleburgh and Cobleskill, directs traffic to NY 7, 1 mile away. Snyder Brothers Rd. originally connected to NY 7 itself, but was cut off by I-88. This sign was replaced when the town of Cobleskill upgraded its road signs.

Only a few of these once-ubiquitous New York warning signs remain. This one is on Foreman Rd. in the town of Decatur and warns of a blind rise ahead. I would not have seen it except that it is on the shortest route from my brother's house to Cooperstown.

Located on Co. 546 in Hopewell Township, NJ, this sign looks like it might be county-related, as it is similar to the style once widely used in Union County.


Tuscan Rd. is an old alignment of NY 7 in the town of Worcester. Up County Rd. branches off the loop. I have not been able to determine why "Rd." was left off the sign. It does not seem to be a route that would be taken to the northern part of Otsego County. These signs were both replaced when Worcester upgraded its road signs.

At one time, the only route from New York and northeastern New Jersey to the Jersey Shore led through South Amboy, first as NJ 35, then as US 9. Both routes now bypass the city, as does the Garden State Parkway, so there is little shore traffic here now. These signs, and a similar set a block away, stood to recall the past for many years, but have now been removed.

New sign with retro design and updated font. Atsion, site of a 19th-century iron furnace, is in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest.


At one time, all of New Jersey's inspection stations were identified by signs of this type, but most have been replaced. These are at the Salem station on NJ 45, north of the city.

Typical of early Somerset County, NJ, bridge weight limit signs, this one stands at a bridge in Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park that appears to be used only by utility vehicles.

This old and misspelled sign is on NJ 12 westbound, west of Flemington.


The Whippany Railway Museum in Whippany, NJ, has preserved these examples of early New Jersey road signs on its grounds. The directional appears to be the one that stood for many years at the southern terminus of NJ 15 in Dover.

Tucked away on a side street, this sign has been greeting drivers from east of the central New York town for many years.

Another central New York town, New Woodstock, has preserved its old railroad station as the headquarters for the local historical society, along with an old crossbuck.

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