Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dec 31

License Plate Countdown: YXP

Iowa’s design turns 15 years old Monday. Will 999ZZZ show up before the end of 2012?

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Dec 31

Photos by the numbers: 58

June 24, 2002: The Avenue of the Saints joins/leaves US 218 near George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County. Notice the multiple varieties of state route markers on the BGSs, the different letter sizes, and the retrofit of the … Continue reading

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Dec 30

The Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13. Bah. Second time that Iowa State has ended with a losing record after a bowl game, after going 5-6-1 in 1972 with a Liberty Bowl loss to Georgia Tech.

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Dec 30

Photos by the numbers: 57

June 13, 2008 and June 13, 2011: Old button copy signage along I-94 was replaced with Clearview when the interstate was repaved in the (exactly!) three years between pictures. Notably, I-57 ends short of Memphis, but is a giant “St. … Continue reading

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Dec 29

Photos by the numbers: 56

October 21, 2007: East end of US 56 in Kansas City. US 56 is poorly signed for its short segment in Missouri and is signed onto busy streets instead of a parkway. (The signage could be inaccurate.) US 56 goes … Continue reading

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Dec 28

SEC schedules released

If this holds up (and I don’t see why it wouldn’t), 2012 will be the first time Iowa State does not play either Missouri or Nebraska for the first time since 1904*. It will be the first time Missouri does … Continue reading

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Dec 28

Photos by the numbers: 55

June 13, 2008: On the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago, with the Sears Tower at left, during the 2008 roadgeek meet. I have been on the entire route of I-55 from Chicago to Memphis, although I wasn’t on the mainline … Continue reading

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Dec 27

Photos by the numbers: 54

October 7, 2008: End of freeway segment in Butler County, Kansas, east of Wichita. My best guess for the empty space beside the US 400 shield is the previous state route number. US 400 is a Frankenstein’s monster of a … Continue reading

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Dec 26

Register project on state championships

Comprehensive county-by-county list, sortable by county and sport with school and year-by-year search. Look at how many small schools have one or two boys’ or girls’ basketball championships. The Melrose boys’ basketball 1937 title is the only one in Monroe … Continue reading

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Dec 26

Historic Iowa DOT maps online

How did I not know about this?!? If you’ll excuse me, I have a rabbit hole to fall into.

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