Category Archives: Highway Miscellaneous

Feb 16

Love’s opens at Greyhound Park

December 14, 2004: The new truck stop is on the left side of this picture. The double-left-turn lane built on US 63 to Waterloo Greyhound Park (pictured above) became a minor tragicomic symbol of the expectations of the dog track … Continue reading

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Jan 30

‘Bluegrass Queen’ at Iowa’s doorstep

Who said Missouri wasn’t Southern? According to KTVO and Bluegrass Today, a Missouri state legislator has proposed giving the title “Bluegrass Queen Rhonda Vincent Highway” to a portion of US 63 running north from Greentop MO. Greentop, the honoree’s hometown, is … Continue reading

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Jan 24

IA 98, 1920-2017

September 8, 2010: South beginning of IA 98, in unincorporated Leando. Leando (pop. 115) and Douds (pop. 152) were granted Census Designated Place status for the 2010 census. In the early 20th century, it was common for small-town newspapers to … Continue reading

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Jan 23

John Deere’s and Maytag’s roles in Iowa highway history

Two former state highways in Iowa owed their existence to manufacturing. One of them stuck around until the Second Great Decommissioning. IA 386 was an oddball route that had both ends facing southwest. There’s only one thing of note along … Continue reading

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Jan 19

Combination Bridge now spans less than half of Iowa’s statehood

While working on revisions to my Sioux City Highway Chronology page — for some reason I never uploaded new entries and a new 1972 map when I finished it; they’re there now — I got to thinking about the era … Continue reading

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Jan 05

Correction on the (perceived) misalignment of IA 395

On state maps starting with the 1976 redesign, it looks like IA 395 runs as an east-west route. Because it was turned over in 1983, there was no readily available information on whether that was the case. Now, with more … Continue reading

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Dec 21

Rhode Island renumbers I-295 exits

October 12, 2017: At the time, the exit on RI I-295 for US 6 was Exit 6; now it’s Exit 9. I was traveling south so I didn’t take many pictures on that interstate. This one has two state capitals … Continue reading

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Dec 15

IA 192 is dead

April 6, 2008: BGS on I-29/80 for IA 192 at the 24th Street Bridge, the first construction related to the massive expansion of I-80 in Council Bluffs that’s still going on today. IA 192 has an interesting history. The Iowa … Continue reading

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Dec 05

Marshalltown gets its sign back

July 29, 2009: BGS for the left exit of US 65 NB from I-80 EB. The sign was removed when the I-80/US 65 exit was rebuilt and expanded. After the Great Renumbering of 1969 ended IA 64′s status as a … Continue reading

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Oct 26

US 20 enthusiast plugging away in Iowa

Bryan Farr, who has made multiple trips to and through Iowa promoting the original route of US 20 across the nation, was back in the state earlier this month. He wants old 20 signed across the state, but needs counties … Continue reading

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